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Dr. Melissa Palmer's Guide to Hepatitis and Liver Disease: What You Need to Know

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"How can there be a problem with my liver?! I feel fine!" These are words commonly spoken by those who have just been diagnosed with a liver disorder. This is because the signs and symptoms of liver disease and hepatitis are not always obvious. In fact, they often go unrecognized -- even by doctors! You see, the liver is a very resilient organ that rarely complains. It doesn't gurgle, throb, or skip a beat. It performs its various duties, silently -- sometimes even if it has suffered severe damage. Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, ...
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Overview

"How can there be a problem with my liver?! I feel fine!" These are words commonly spoken by those who have just been diagnosed with a liver disorder. This is because the signs and symptoms of liver disease and hepatitis are not always obvious. In fact, they often go unrecognized -- even by doctors! You see, the liver is a very resilient organ that rarely complains. It doesn't gurgle, throb, or skip a beat. It performs its various duties, silently -- sometimes even if it has suffered severe damage. Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, some people with hepatitis and liver disease are in obvious distress.

You may not realize just how much your body depends on your liver. This hardworking organ performs many vital functions, which include detoxifying harmful substances, sorting and distributing nutrients, regulating sugar levels, and manufacturing hormones. Unfortunately, this versatile organ is all too often taken for granted. What's more, steps to keep the liver healthy are rarely considered--that is, until a problem is discovered.

In Dr. Melissa Palmer's Guide to Hepatitis and Liver Disease, one of the country's leading hepatologists, Melissa Palmer, MD, introduces you to the liver and its associated disorders -- hepatitis B and C, autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, fatty liver, alcoholic liver disease, liver cancer, and others. Dr. Palmer guides you through the process of discovering, dealing with, and treating various liver disorders and their complications. She clears up some common misconceptions about hepatitis and explains what cirrhosis is. She even supplies helpful information about how to choose a qualified specialist and how to work closely with that specialist to help guarantee the best care possible. In addition, Dr. Palmer sheds some light on alternative therapies and provides important tips on prevention and lifestyle changes -- what medications to avoid, what diet to follow, what exercises to perform, and more. So, if you or someone you love has liver disease, this book will prove to be a resource that you can turn to time and time again for answers to important questions about what you need to know.

"A nationally prominent hepatologist reveals what patients need to know about liver disease."

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Palmer, a nationally recognized hepatologist, provides plainly written medical information explaining how the liver is integral to every aspect of daily functioning and well-being. She divides her text into four logical units: "The Basics," "Understanding and Treating Viral Hepatitis," "Understanding and Treating Other Liver Diseases," and "Treatment Options and Lifestyle Changes." Common misconceptions about this extraordinarily complex organ are dispelled; liver diseases are examined from symptoms through diagnosis and up-to-date therapeutics. Palmer advises on finding a doctor and getting the latest information on liver disease from the Internet, MEDLINE, and the medical literature. (The author maintains the popular website liverdisease.com.) She also covers drugs, diet and nutrition, alternative therapies, surgery and transplantation, the liver in pregnancy, and living with an imperfectly functioning liver. Palmer's impressive work is truly encyclopedic. Highly recommended.--James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895299222
  • Publisher: Avery
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface ix
A Word About Gender xiii
Introduction 1
Part I The Basics
1. A Little Background on the Liver 7
2. Signs, Symptoms, and Other Clues of a Liver Problem 15
3. Tests, Tests, Tests--Learning What You Need to Know 25
4. Choosing the Right Doctor 35
5. What the Patient Should Know About Liver Biopsies 51
6. A Look at Cirrhosis 59
Part II Understanding and Treating Viral Hepatitis
7. An Overall Look at Hepatitis 71
8. Understanding and Treating Hepatitis A 83
9. Understanding Hepatitis B and D 93
10. Understanding Hepatitis C 107
11. Treating Chronie Viral Hepatitis--An Overview 133
12. Treating Hepatitis B and D 147
13. Treating Hepatitis C 159
Part III Understanding and Treating Other Liver Diseases
14. Autoimmune Hepatitis 179
15. Primary Biliary Cirrhosis 197
16. Fatty Liver and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis 213
17. Alcohol and the Liver, and Alcoholic Liver Disease 223
18. Hemochromatosis and Other Diseases of Iron Overload 241
19. Benign and Malignant Liver Tumors 253
Part IV Treatment Options and Lifestyle Changes
20. Treatment of Common Symptoms and Complications 277
21. Herbs and Other Alternative Therapies 291
22. Liver Transplantation 313
23. Diet, Nutrition, and Exercise 335
24. Pregnancy, Sex, Medications, and Prevention 367
Conclusion 391
Appendix Resource Groups and Internet Websites 393
Glossary 397
Bibliography 415
About the Author 441
Index 443
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