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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is the third edition of a guide for comprehensive nursing management of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. It is designed as a support reference for nurses who have become educators, researchers, and patient advocates and comes eight years after the previous edition.
Purpose: It is a comprehensive nursing guide to help healthcare professionals care for patients with MS. The objectives are appropriate and the book clearly meets its objectives.
Audience: The book is intended for nursing professionals, but as a neurologist, I found the material quite helpful. Practical nuggets of advice appear throughout.
Features: This practical guide looks at both the pathophysiological and the psychosocial aspects of MS. The first of the book's two parts focuses on providing a comprehensive overview of the disease, while part II delves into disease and symptom management. It excels in providing information on often neglected topics such as elimination and bladder care, CAM treatments, sexuality and family planning, and pediatric MS.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for those caring for patients with MS. In addition to nurses, I could easily recommend this book to other physicians and, perhaps, even to patients.