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From The CriticsReviewer: Lesley M Davila, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This guide to fibromyalgia, written by experts, covers pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines and provides patient-centered information for clinicians to hand out in their practice.
Purpose: It is intended as a guide for general practitioners who treat patients with fibromyalgia, as a discussion of the controversies in the field, and as a source of information on patient-centered treatment.
Audience: The book is written for anybody who cares for patients with fibromyalgia, mostly primary care providers. It is written at a level accessible to motivated patients, as well. The authors are a neurologist/pain management doctor and a rheumatologist, respectively, both specialties that see many fibromyalgia patients.
Features: The book covers definition and diagnosis, pathophysiology, and specific manifestations of disease as well as treatment options. Each chapter starts with key points and case vignettes, and the book has practical pointers and bullet point summaries throughout. This makes it easier to flip through and find information, but a bit distracting for a straight read-through. The clinical handout section is particularly useful and includes both sample chart documentation and patient information handouts for the disease and treatments.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive review of a difficult yet common disease that most practitioners find frustrating to treat. This book provides background information and rationale for both medical and nonpharmaceutical treatments to help care for these patients.