Am I Dying?!: A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms--and What to Do Next (Hardcover)
As featured on CBS This Morning, The Dr. Oz Show, and Lifehacker.
A comprehensive, light-hearted resource for the hypochondriac in all of us, from two Columbia University doctors who review dozens of symptoms and offer advice on when to chill out, make a doctor’s appointment, or go to the hospital.
Cardiologists at Columbia University Medical Center, Christopher Kelly, MD, and Marc Eisenberg, MD, FACC, are both highly accomplished physicians and health experts. Though they treat people of all ages with diverse health concerns, the one question most patients really want to know is, “Am I dying?!”
Most new symptoms turn out to be minor. Most likely, that stuffy nose isn’t a sign of cancer. But sometimes a headache isn’t just a temporary nuisance; it could be a sign of a serious condition. None of us wants to ignore a problem that could harm our health or even cause death. Though the internet offers a wealth of data, it can also be a source of harmful misinformation. So if you have a new symptom, how worried should you be?
In Am I Dying?!, Dr. Kelly and Dr. Eisenberg walk you through the most common symptoms—from back pain, bloating, chest pain, constipation, and forgetfulness to fatigue, rashes, shortness of breath, and weakness— and provide helpful, conversational guidance on what to do. Organized in a humorous, easy-to-access format and packed with practical information and expert advice, Am I Dying?! is an essential resource every household needs.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER KELLY, M.D., M.S., is a senior clinical fellow at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He served as intern, resident, and chief resident at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he is currently completing his cardiology fellowship. He lives in New York City.
Marc Eisenberg, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an associate professor of medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and an attending physician at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. A fellow of the American College of Cardiology, he lives and works as a clinical cardiologist in New York City.
“[A] lively, reader-friendly, and useful guide. . . . [with] clear instructions and reassuring, amicable tone.”
— Publishers Weekly
“In this easy-to-understand guide, two Columbia University cardiologists double as medical experts and comedians…Expect solid information…presented in a lively, entertaining way.”
“There’s this little thing called the internet that can be both a hypochondriac’s best friend and worst enemy. Now, cardiologists Christopher Kelly and Marc Eisenberg are offering an alternative. Their book, Am I Dying?!, is a guide to different symptoms, complete with tips.”
— Bustle (6 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in December 2018)
“[Am I Dying] reviews dozens of symptoms and offers advice on when to chill out, make a doctor’s appointment or go to the hospital. Aka: It’s ideal for hypochondriacs.”
— PureWow (8 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in December)
“For the hypochondriac in everyone, comes this indispensable guide from two Columbia University cardiologists.”
— Furthermore from Equinox (5 Books High Performers Should Read This Month)
“Affable, authoritative authors present a readable, researched text.”
— Library Journal
“Whether it’s a mark on your skin or a weird feeling in your chest, one of the most common things people want to know about their health problem is ‘Am I dying?’”
— Men’s Health
“A troubleshooting guide to your health so you can stop freaking out every time your eyelid starts twitching.”
— Buzzfeed (29 Things That Will Make 2019 Less of a Pain)
“Tempted to Google those symptoms? Let these Columbia University cardiologists soothe--and educate--your inner hypochondriac instead.”
— People Health Issue