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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Greg Thaera, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is a chronicle of one man's journey through the challenges of multiple sclerosis with a particular focus on the underappreciated cognitive manifestations as they intrude on his daily life.
Purpose: The purpose is to increase awareness of cognitive difficulties in patients with multiple sclerosis as well as to provide a means to improve mental functioning in afflicted patients. These are valuable goals given that the cognitive problems are often the most limiting. The author does an excellent job of explaining the specific problems and how he tries to overcome them.
Audience: The book is written for multiple sclerosis patients, families, supporters, and medical providers at all levels. It is easily accessible to all of these groups and does not require any prior medical knowledge. The author has become one of the strongest patient advocates on the cognitive challenges of multiple sclerosis.
Features: Although it particularly focuses on cognitive symptoms, the book also discusses other physical symptoms such as weakness and numbness, as well as treatment options and the author's experience with medications and medical providers. Thus, this book provides a well-rounded view of the life of a person with multiple sclerosis, which is its strongest point. The discussions are objective and based on the best evidence available to date, backed up by ample references and resources.
Assessment: This second edition provides a welcome update, as both the author's experience and the available management options for multiple sclerosis have changed significantly since the first edition.