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From The CriticsReviewer: Dale A. Schoeller, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This moderately short book provides information to lay readers about the cause, symptoms, and related issues involved in living with celiac disease.
Purpose: The goal of the authors is to produce a summary of information on celiac disease that will help patients cope with their disease. It is intended to provide basic information on the disease and its symptoms and more extensive information on how to change one's diet and outlook on a life for someone with celiac disease with the goal of increasing the patient's quality of life.
Audience: This book is written for the lay reader who either has been diagnosed with celiac disease, or who has a family member, or is otherwise involved in caring for those who have been diagnosed with the disease. The language used by the author has been carefully chosen to avoid medical jargon and the book is written at a level appropriate for most adult lay readers. The primary author is an accredited nurse, and the two other coauthors are a dietician and a pharmacist. This combination provides the range of training and experience required to write this book.
Features: A short section covers the medical causes and symptoms of celiac disease, a short section discusses the psychological issues of coping with celiac disease or any chronic disease, and a large section covers managing celiac disease though dietary interventions to avoid foods containing gluten. The book also contains a sizable section of gluten-free recipes which should be very helpful to patients. There are few illustrations, but a wealth of helpful tables that summarize many of the lifestyle changes that can improve the quality of life for someone with celiac disease.
Assessment: The book accomplishes its goal of providing valuable information to lay readers with celiac disease. It is written in a very comprehensible style and covers most of the information a patient or caregiver requires for helping someone with celiac disease.