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Posted August 30, 2000
Destined to be read by all patients & MDs
Dr. Moldwin is known not only for his knowledge of and interest in IC but also his care for the IC patients in his clinic. As we reviewed the book, it became clear that he has truly listened to the concerns of the men and women with IC. He also understands the dilemmas that many physicians face as they seek effective treatments. He has responded to both needs by writing an IC Survival Guide filled with useful information & strategies. It is exceptionally well written and an ideal book for physicians and patients who want a thoughtful and organized discussion of IC, patient care, treatment strategies and related research. His discussion of IC treatment options is the most comprehensive we've seen to date, with explanations on how the treatment is supposed to work as well as known research results and side effects. In addition to the old standards (DMSO, Elmiron & others), he also covers most of the newer proposed treatments (BCG, Capsaicin, etc.). These chapters alone are worth the price of the book. Another highlight is the discussion of related conditions to IC, such as pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, urethral syndrome, UTI and others. The pelvic floor discussion explains pelvic floor physiology and how, over the long term, pelvic floor dysfunction can contribute to a cycle of bladder pain and irritation. Men with IC will appreciate his chapter titled 'The Male with Interstitial Cystitis.' In addition to covering conditions commonly confused with IC, such as diseases of the prostate, bladder, seminal vesicals & pelvic floor, he also outlines a treatment plan subtly different from that used with women. IC patients seeking new information on pain management will find his discussion of narcotics extremely useful as they consider various pain medications. He differentiates between short- and long-acting narcotic therapies, and the side effects associated with various medications. His discussion of the concerns over the use of pain medication will ease many unnecessary fears for IC patients. Inspired writing! And, a first in print, he offers a discussion of pregnancy and IC, including a guide for patients considering C-section versus vaginal delivery! The 'Interstitial Cystitis Survival Guide' is likely the best mass-market book to be published on IC in recent memory. It is destined to be on the shelves of every clinic and every patient seeking guidance. Both newly diagnosed patients and grizzled IC veterans will find new and helpful information included. Jill O, Founder & CEO Interstitial Cystitis Network
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