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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a guide to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for families and patients. The book is multi-authored and edited by two distinguished authorities on ALS.
Purpose: This book is aimed at giving patients and their families a better understanding of the nature, course, and treatment of ALS.
Audience: The target audience is patients with ALS and their families. Many non-physician health care providers will also find this book of value.
Features: This is not a superficial overview of ALS. Rather, it is a detailed and factual exposition of many of the important issues facing ALS patients and their families. The book is organized into 32 chapters that cover in considerable detail many important aspects of ALS, including medical treatment, clinical course, rehabilitation, alternative therapies, communication strategies, psychological issues, legal issues, and end-of-life issues.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that can be recommended to all patients with ALS or their family members. It is a detailed and comprehensive book that requires some time and study, but is filled with valuable and good advice for patients and families alike.