The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms Helps Patients Assess When to Worry and When to Wait, Determine Next Steps


October 23, 2013 4:04 pm ET

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today the availability of a newly published book, The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms, which offers essential information on when to seek medical attention and when it may suffice for consumers to address their ailments at home. In an age when anxiety-producing medical information is only a few clicks away, it’s critical that consumers have a trusted resource for understanding symptoms and alleviating concerns that may be unfounded.

“Decisions about when to go to the emergency room, call the doctor, take action to relieve symptoms, or simply wait and observe can make all the difference in outcomes of many medical conditions,” said Editor Robert S. Porter, M.D. “This new book discusses the possible causes of common symptoms, what steps can be taken to get relief, and guidance on when symptoms require an urgent response.”

Of course, sometimes “watchful waiting,” tolerating temporary discomfort and merely alleviating symptoms are not proper courses of action. There are some warning signs that should never be ignored. In these instances, The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms clearly and unambiguously sounds the alarm.

Listed alphabetically for quick reference, over 100 common symptoms, from abdominal pain to wheezing, are detailed in more than 500 pages.

Each section provides causes, features, and options for relief of specific symptoms, as well as information on when to see a healthcare professional and what to expect, including descriptions of the tests that doctors may order.

The paperback features boxes highlighting key take-away points, two-color illustrations, more than 100 tables, an appendix of common laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures, as well as a detailed index.

Not-For-Profit Service

The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms complements The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, which includes detailed discussions of treatments for diseases. Merck also publishes The Merck Manual of Health & Aging and The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health. These consumer references translate complex medical terminology into easy-to-comprehend language.

For medical and veterinary professionals, Merck publishes The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, The Merck Manual of Patient Symptoms, and The Merck Veterinary Manual.

All of the books are published as a not-for-profit service, have strict editorial independence, and do not include marketing information or promote pharmaceutical products.

The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms (ISBN#: 978-0-911910-98-8) retails for $17.95 and can be purchased online and wherever books are sold. It will soon be available as an app and as an eBook. For more information, visit

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