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by Manuel Martinez Lavin

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Fibromyalgia, a relatively common disorder affecting approximately two percent of the population (most of them women), is difficult to diagnose and treat. Unfamiliar with this condition, many physicians who see women complaining of constant muscle pain and fatigue (symptoms of fibromyalgia) label them hypochondriacs. Martínez Lavín, a professor of rheumatology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiología de México (National Institute of Cardiology), carefully explains this complex disease. He defines fibromyalgia and traces its history; discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, including traditional and alternative medicines as well as holistic approaches (though he cautions patients about charlatans who may hawk miracle cures); and mentions other diseases that may have similar symptoms. Martínez Lavín also touches upon the public health implications of the disease and disability in the workplace; and an interesting chapter about fibromyalgia in the life and work of Frida Kahlo provides new insight into her art. Complete with a bibliography of clinical articles, this useful volume is recommended for public and consumer health libraries, as well as bookstores.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA

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