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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: B. Peter E. Sawaya, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is a rather unique monograph written by a physician-patient and his family specifically for patients undergoing dialysis and their families.
Purpose: The objectives are to provide patients and their families with a road map for successfully living on dialysis and to cover a range of practical and personal topics in an interesting, relevant, and enjoyable to read way. The authors have succeeded in achieving their rather unique goals.
Audience: Although written for patients undergoing dialysis and their families, the book could be very useful for physicians, nurses, dietitians, and social workers involved in the care of these patients because of the insights into a patient's perception of his disease and its management.
Features: The book describes the hemodialysis procedure and all the involved terminology, which can be confusing and overwhelming to patients starting on dialysis. It also extensively deals with the emotions and impact of dialysis on the patients and their families. More importantly, in every chapter, the authors do not lose site of their main objective of providing a guide to patients on how one can live well on dialysis. The authors also have solicited the perspectives of other dialysis patients, medical professionals, and particularly dietitians and social workers. This book is easy to read and, as the authors have indicated, it is also fun to read because of its good sense of humor.
Assessment: Kudos to Dr. Offer and his family! I absolutely loved this book. It did not take me long to reference it and quote from it in a speech I gave during our annual awards ceremony for patients and their caregivers. While the book is directed to patients and their families, I find it an absolute must-read for all those involved in the care of dialysis patients including nephrologists, dialysis nurses, dietitians, and social workers. It has some pretty good suggestions on how we can approach and motivate our patients.