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Gallstones and how to help people who have them

August 8, 2011 | Ranald | Comments (0)

People have gallstones ("Gallstones occur in up to 20 percent of Canadian women and 10 per cent of men by the age of 60." Canadian Liver Foundation) and people who have them want books on them. I was asked for books on Gallstones gallstones twice last month.

But we don't seem to have a lot. If I do a subject-keyword search with "gallstones," I get 14 results (Aug. 4). The most recent two--The amazing liver & gallbladder flush and a title in Chinese--are from 2007. The less recent are older than the weeding guideline of 5 years for medicine.

Though all 7 copies of the English title are out and there are 9 holds, The amazing liver & gallbladder flush might not be for everybody. Its subtitle is: a powerful do-it-yourself tool to optimize your health and well-being; the author's described on the website of his wellness center as "the creator of Ener-Chi Art, Sacred Santémony and other wellness modalities." Not everybody wants a do-it-yourself tool or to dabble in "wellness modalities."

There may not be a lot in print but there is an abundance of electronic information. For starters:

1. Health & Wellness Resource Center [database]. Publication dates of articles: 2006-2011.

  • Enter "gallstones" in the search window.

The default category for results is "Books & Fact Sheets." The first page shows results ranging from 2006 to 2011. Look for the most recent information.

Note: 2006 is out-of-date, or next to being out-of-date (depending on whether you count back 5 years from 2011 or from 2010), for medical information, according to the weeding guidelines.

2. Natural Standard [database]. Publication date of article: 2011.

  • Select "Medical Conditions" from the "Databases" menu at the top.
  • Click on "G," then on "Gallstones" and then on "Accept Terms of Use and Login." The title of the article is "Gallbladder/pancreas disorders."
  • Click on "Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)" on the menu on the left to get to the section on gallstones.

3. The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook [website]. Publication date of article: 2007.

  • Enter "gallstones" in the search window.
  • Click on "Gallstones" under the heading "Index entries."

Interesting gallstone facts ("Gallstones," Medpedia).

  1. The largest gallstone on record was removed from an 80-year old woman in 1952 and weighed 6.29 kg (13.84 pounds).
  2. The record number for most gallstones removed from an individual is 3,110.

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