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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lesley M Davila, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This useful patient-oriented overview of ankylosing spondylitis describes the disease and covers diagnosis and treatment options.
Purpose: Intended to educate patients and family members, this well-written book covers both medical issues and day-to-day concerns about coping with this disease.
Audience: Written by the director of the Rheumatology Division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, it is aimed at patients with the disease and their families.
Features: The book begins with an overview of ankylosing spondylitis and the anatomy of the spine. It then discusses diagnosis and treatment options as well as lifestyle changes that are important with this disease. A well written question-and-answer section at the end addresses many patient questions and a comprehensive glossary defines medical terms.
Assessment: This book does a great job of educating patients about the disease and its many manifestations. It is a good manual to encourage lifestyle changes that are important for people with ankylosing spondylitis.