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Great medical source. Explains the thyroid and its functions in language anyone can understand. Covers hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, thyroid cancer and other diseases of the thyroid.
It was disappointing that the author clearly favors the traditional treatment protocol and medications. No discussion of people who are symptomatic while in the normal range - something that happens quite often. No discussion of compounded medications or treatment with natural hormones.
Posted September 9, 2008
I was a patient of this Dr. A matter of fact he asked me if I would tell my surgery story in his third addition book. He told me that my 1 cent. nodule was probally cancer after 4 years of watching it. I think he was purposly lying to me. Please don't support this book. A much better book would be The Thyroid Solution. I don't know why Dr. Rubenfeld is still in buisness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2004
After reading four other books on thyroid conditions, I finally found Dr. Rubenfeld's book. This book is the most thorough and informative of any book I have read on the subject. Not only are the facts clearly laid out, but there are an abundance of stories from real patients with which you can compare and identify. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks they have a thyroid condition, and to their friends and relatives as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2004
This is an incredibly helpful book that can be read cover to cover or used from time to time as a reference. It is written in 'regular' language without compromising the information and without being too pedantic or condescending. The book remains technical where necessary. The addition of people's stories personalizes each topic and provides a point of reference for comparing your own symptoms. Pictures of celebreties who have experienced problems with their thyroid gives you a sense of 'belonging' and let's you know that you aren't the only one with this problem, which can be very comforting. Finally, all proceeds of the sale of the book are donated to the American Thyroid Association for research & education.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2004
About 20 million Americans have thyroid disease, and no doubt countless others are unaware they have a thyroid disorder. In my practice as a thyroid specialist, I am often asked by patients about resources to help them understand their thyroid problem. Obviously the internet is a wonderful resource, but patients need to be careful about what they¿re reading, since there¿s so much misinformation on the net. Moreover, many medical sites are too scientifically oriented to be easily understandable by lay people. All that patients (and others who are interested) need to do, is turn to the second edition of Could It Be My Thyroid, by Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D. This book is extremely informative, comprehensive, and easy to read. Just as important, if not more so, is that the information provided by Dr Rubenfeld is accurate, and right on target. He begins by clearly describing the anatomy and physiology of the thyroid (how it works) and then moves on to the medical tests that doctors use in diagnosing thyroid conditions. He then describes common thyroid conditions, such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), as well as inflammatory diseases, thyroid lumps and bumps, and thyroid cancer. All of the conditions are described in the context of actual patients from his practice, which makes the book more readable and relevant for patients, their families and friends. Another plus is the author¿s ample use of pictures, graphs and tables: ditto for the glossary. Now, for those of you with pets who did not know that thyroid diseases affects dogs and cats, check out pages 126 and 395. Note the caption ¿Pretty girl with hypothyroid dog¿ on page 126. She looks exactly like the author¿s daughter, Sarah Rosenfeld, shown on the dedication page of the book. While the author is clearly biased, I must say that I agree with his description. And, from what I can determine, that¿s the only bias that I was able to find in this even-handed book. To the author¿s credit, he even lists other lay publications (and therefore potential competitors) on page 391. The bottom line here: read it¿you¿ll like it! Peter A. Singer, M.D. Professor of Medicine Chief, Clinical Endocrinology Director, Thyroid Diagnostic Center Keck School of Medicine University of Southern CaliforniaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2003
Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld finally wrote a book for the patient to read and understand. I love the individual stories and examples of all the things that can change how you feel and even think. It explains how the different drugs affect or don`t affect parts of our bodies and the best ways to handle this. I feel every Endocrinologist should suggest that their patients read this book. It is full of information that could only be found in THIS book. Thank you Dr. Rubenfeld. Patti L. JordanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2003
In clear, simple and concise language, Dr. Rubenfeld offers the most complete explaination of thyroid of any book I have read and I have read most. It has easy-to-understand chapters, each posing a key quesiotion. No matter what your thyroid problem is, you will find answers in these well-written pageges. In addition, forty patients with thyroid disease tell their stories -- from symptoms to treatments. This is a must-read if you have a thryoid problem or think you might -- and it also includes facinating and inspiring comments from celebrities who have overcome thyroid diesease.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.