James Gorman, says the cover of his book, "lives in New York and has a temperature of 102 degrees."
This is important because Gorman's book, a made-for-stocking-stuffer, is called First Aid for Hypochondriacs (Workman, $4.95).
It contains such important tips as:
* How to hail an ambulance.
* "Never say 'bleed,' say 'hemorrhage.' "
* "Causes of Back Pain" among others : Standing, sitting, lying down, bending, reaching, lifting, turning, lurching, twisting, walking, jumping, kneeling, leaning crawling, toting . . ."
* Best way to prevent travelers' diarrhea: "Never eat green meat."
It also translates "I'm sick" into 20 languages.
No self-respecting hypochondriac should be without it.
Cartoons by Henry R. Martin.
The Complete Guide to Women's Health by Bruce D. Shephard, M.D. and Carroll A. Shephard, R.N. (Mariner Publishing Co., $19.95) is the best of its genre. It is sensitive, sensible, intelligent and up-to-date. It is expensive, but you should be able to get it from a library. The Shephards are husband and wife. He is an obstetrician/gynecologist and serves on a Florida state commission on midwifery; she is a nurse and a Ph.D. psychologist with the Counseling Center for Human Development at the University of South Florida.
Some useful tips from recent letters to the New England Journal of Medicine:
* If you are thinking about using an old color TV set as the display terminal for new video games, think again, say a trio of doctors from the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Sets made before 1970--there were 25 million and some may still be in use--generally emit relatively high doses of radiation, especially to the eyes and thyroids of youngsters sitting close, as most youngsters do with video games. These youngsters "may be at risk for radiation exposure," write Drs. David J. Nashel, Louis Y. Korman and John O. Bowman.
"In order to decrease the possibility of excessive radiation exposure, we suggest that only newer color television receivers (those manufactured after Jan. 15, 1970) be used as display elements for computer function."
* French vanilla frostbite. This is a story that will make every parent wince. Happily, although the NEJR captioned the letter "French vanilla frostbite," the injury turned out to be relatively minor and righted itself in a week or so. Here's what two physicians wrote:
"An 18-month old girl was noted by her baby sitter to have extensive 'cold sores' on her lips. Two days earlier the child had been shopping with her father, who purchased her first French vanilla ice-cream cone. She ate the ice cream enthusiastically for 30 minutes, never removing her mouth from the delightful treat . . ."
The Minnesota physicians speculate that first the cold of the ice cream anesthetized the child's lips "followed by freezing of the tissue in prolonged contact with the cold object. These cold sores were truly sores from the cold."
The confusion over to pill or not to pill shows no signs of abating.
Newest reports suggest that oral contraception is protective against certain forms of cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease and other illnesses. But the last word is still not in.
The George Washington University study of the pill and its relationship to fatty substances in the blood called lipids, is entering its second year; the university's Lipid Research Clinic has some openings for young women interested in participating.
Women selected will be provided with one of three oral contraceptives or, if they are selected as part of the control group, with an alternate contraceptive.
Applicants should be 18-32 years old, planning to take an oral contraceptive (but not now taking one), not have been pregnant during the past six months, not have diabetes (or a parent with diabetes) and not have varicose veins, hyperlipidemia or classic migraine headaches.
The study, under a contract from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, is designed to examine the precise effects of various pill constituents on both high- and low-density lipoproteins, insulin function (and glucose tolerance) so that accurate projections on long-term use of the pill in terms of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes (which often leads to heart disease) can be measured.
Those interested in applying should phone 676-4152 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In answer to a number of queries, Oat Bran is available at a Northwest Washington health food store. The fiber has been praised by diabetologist Dr. James Anderson, whose studies suggest that it is useful, along with other things, in controlling blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and slowing sugar absorption.
A couple tablespoons of either wheat or oat bran can be sprinkled on breakfast cereal, or go into a batch of high-fiber corn muffins or oatmeal cookies.
Mother's Oat Bran, manufactured by the Quaker Corp., is available at Hugo's Market, 3817 Livingston St. NW. Phone: 966-6103.