Giving Up the Ghost or One Too Many. Color etching. Thomas Rowlandson, 1756-1827. Courtesy of The National Library of Medicine.

I knew I should have consulted Merck.

What? An authoritative medical textbook for just $59.70?

Yes, this dandy little ready reference book, revered by healthcare professionals, condenses the knowledge of over 300 foremost medical specialists and gives you a handle on all but the most obscure medical conditions. Now well over a century old, this concise compendium of medical wisdom is The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 19th ed. Although Merck is written for physicians and medical students, it is equally cherished by hypochondriacs. 

The 19th edition of Merck was published with excellent reviews. You can read some of these at As it is a not-for-profit endeavor of the Merck company, The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy is, without a doubt, the most economical medical reference book on the planet. Although the list price for Merck is $79.95, you can find it for $59.70 at Amazon. Merck is also available online, but this Web version won't fit into your pocket.

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