The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

Synopsis

Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients yearly. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on this disorder, an eminent clinician who has treated over 2000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. HisThe Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately established itself as the most readable and helpful book on the disease.
Now Dr. Wallace has once again completely revisedThe Lupus Book, incorporating a wealth of new information. This Third Edition discusses the newest breakthroughs in drug treatments and alternative therapies as well as updated information on the immune system--all laid out in user-friendly language that any patient could understand. Readers will discover new blood tests and new drugs introduced since the last edition, an extensive table of herbs that can be used for the disorder, and a large section on cognitive therapy and biofeedback. And as in past editions, the book provides absolutely lucid answers to such questions as: What causes lupus? How and where is the body affected? Can a woman with lupus have a baby? And how can one manage this disease? There is also a glossary of terms and an appendix of lupus resource materials compiled by the Lupus Foundation of America.
Over a million Americans have lupus and some tens of thousands of patients die every year from the disease. The Third Edition ofThe Lupus Bookoffers these patients and their families a wealth of reliable, up-to-date information that will help them manage the disease and live a happier life.
Endorsed by the Lupus Foundation of America
A portion of the proceeds goes to Lupus research

Excerpt

Cofounder, Lupus Foundation of America Editor, Lupus World Watertown, Massachusetts

As someone once said, the story of lupus is one that we should know more about. For patients who want and need information about their disease, who want to take charge of their lives in the face of illness, and who want the ability to carry on an intelligent discussion of treatment with their physicians, reading The Lupus Book is an important step.

When I was first diagnosed with lupus in 1953, I scanned a few medical libraries for facts about the disease. It should have been relatively easy for me to turn up some information, since I had worked at Widener Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for several years and had an understanding of how such things were categorized. Yet the search originally yielded only a single book, published by the Finsteen Institute in Denmark, and this tiny publication dealt only with the worldwide prevalence of lupus and tuberculosis. I conveyed my dismay and chagrin at this lack of information to several reference libraries. It was apparent that few physicians were interested in writing about this disease, which had rather suddenly become my disease.

Through all these years, I never came across a book about lupus written in language simple enough for patients to understand. As a matter of fact, medical jargon is becoming so complicated that even doctors are finding it hard to communicate with one another.

The lupus patient can easily become bewildered, suffering not only from the relentless attack of the disease, but also from the fear of death and dying and the lack of understanding about what this disease can and will do to a human life. Now, for the first time, The Lupus Book will describe to the patient in lay language the latest medical findings about this disease and the treatments designed to ameliorate it. Patients, their families, and their friends will benefit . . .

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