Family Doctor Books

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Family Doctor Books produce health information books – handy pocket-sized books of about 150 pages which are well laid out and very easy and entertaining to read. The books’ contents flow easily with each chapter building on the previous chapter, taking the reader along a journey of discovering more and more about the subject, with helpful explanations, hints and tips and exercises. All the books are written by NHS consultants and published in association with the British Medical Association.

There are 38 titles in all – the ones that may be of interest to child care workers include:

  • Childhood Illnesses
  • ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
  • Understanding Children’s Behaviour

Childhood Illnesses

The first problem is to recognise when children are ill. It can be very confusing; one minute they may seem really unwell and the next they are up and running around. The book starts with a general description of fevers or infection followed by chapters describing illnesses that affect particular systems of the body. Each of the six chapters starts with a description of the anatomy of the relevant body system. The last chapter explores the concept that ‘prevention is better than cure’.

ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

The book covers Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome, Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia) and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (Dyspraxia).

Understanding Children’s Behaviour

This book is intended for anyone bringing up, caring for or working with children – parents, carers, teachers or youth workers alike – but it is addressed mainly to parents, with extra sections on surviving parenthood. The chapters cover

normal development and behaviour, understanding children’s difficult behaviour, common behavioural problems, medical and psychiatric conditions, finding solutions to problem behaviour and surviving parenthood.

Family Doctor Books are all:
• written by NHS consultants,
• presented in an easy to read, illustrated style,
• only £4.95,
• published in association with the British Medical Association,
• available from pharmacies nationwide and from
To date more than five million copies have been sold.

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