Kidney Disease: A Guide for Living

Kidney Disease: A Guide for Living

by Walter A. Hunt
     
 

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Walter A. Hunt knows what it means to live with kidney disease. Here, he shares his experience and knowledge to help other people with the disease understand and cope with its challenges.

When Hunt learned he had kidney disease, he was overwhelmed by the prospect of facing kidney failure. He had so many questions: Why are my kidneys failing? Is there

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Walter A. Hunt knows what it means to live with kidney disease. Here, he shares his experience and knowledge to help other people with the disease understand and cope with its challenges.

When Hunt learned he had kidney disease, he was overwhelmed by the prospect of facing kidney failure. He had so many questions: Why are my kidneys failing? Is there anything I can do to save them? How will I know when my kidneys have failed? What will it feel like? What treatments are available for me? Is there a cure for kidney failure?

The good news, as Hunt found out, is that kidney failure is highly treatable. People with the disease can lead full and productive lives, and Hunt's readable and empathetic book will help them do just that. It discusses the latest scientific and medical findings about kidney disease, including what kidneys do; the underlying diseases that cause failure; diagnosis, treatment, and prevention; dietary factors; clinical trials; and the future direction of research on kidney failure.

Kidney disease is difficult, but as Hunt’s narrative reveals, people living with it can take control of their health and their future. By understanding kidney failure—what causes it, how it may affect their lives, and what treatment options they have—people with the disease can improve their quality of life and achieve the best possible outcome.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Tranplantation
This book has filled a gap that exists int he lierature addressing many relevant aspects of life with chronic kidney disease and renal failure from a patient's perspective... This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in chronic kidney disease care.

— Olwyn Johnson

Journal of Transplantation
This book has filled a gap that exists in the literature addressing many relevant aspects of life with chronic kidney disease and renal failure from a patient's perspective. This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in kidney disease care.

— Olwyn Johnston

Nursing Times
As a medical researcher, the author has the unique ability to present the key relevant information in lay patient language. This book is easy to read for most kidney patients. It is clear that the author has had first-hand experience of renal disease (polycystic kidney disease) and subsequent care – having experienced renal dialysis and successful transplantation.

Journal of Tranplantation - Olwyn Johnson
This book has filled a gap that exists int he lierature addressing many relevant aspects of life with chronic kidney disease and renal failure from a patient's perspective... This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in chronic kidney disease care.

Journal of Transplantation - Olwyn Johnston
This book has filled a gap that exists in the literature addressing many relevant aspects of life with chronic kidney disease and renal failure from a patient's perspective. This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in kidney disease care.

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People with the disease can lead full and productive lives, and Hunt's readable and empathetic book will help them do just that.

Library Journal
Medical researcher Hunt developed kidney failure in 1997 and underwent dialysis for seven years before receiving a transplant. His goal here is to provide a practical guide to the causes of kidney failure, treatment options, and ways of coping with the physical and emotional challenges of the condition. He emphasizes that information creates choices and leads to a greater sense of control. Descriptions of kidney function in health and disease are fairly complex; the four major causes of kidney failure (diabetes, hypertension, glomerular diseases, and polycystic disease) are outlined. Hunt notes tactics to slow kidney disease, including diet, blood pressure control, and weight loss. Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are given in-depth descriptions and diagrams, with the benefits and drawbacks of each. The book also details the transplantation experience, from selection through recovery. VERDICT Hunt's personal experience shows through. The paucity of consumer health information on kidney disease and treatment makes this essential for consumer health collections, despite its high reading level.—Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801899645
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/21/2011
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
386,578
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Jared Grantham M.D.

Kidney patients have been waiting a long time to have in their hands a readable, authentic accounting of what kidney disease is all about and how patients cope with it... a masterful job to give lucid descriptions of the kidney's work and the consequences of renal insufficiency that we nephrologists commonly obscure with scientific word jargon. Thank you.

Jared Grantham M.D., Kidney Institute

Ronald D. Perrone

Walter Hunt has provided careful and understandable explanations, and he’s offered his personal experience with and perspectives on how kidney failure has affected his life. I congratulate him for providing this excellent guide for people with kidney disease.

Ronald D. Perrone, M.D., Tufts Medical Center

Meet the Author

Walter A. Hunt holds a doctorate in neuropharmacology from West Virginia University. As a medical researcher for thirty years, he examined the biological basis of diseases, never considering that one day he would be dealing with a serious disease of his own. Having polycystic kidney disease (PKD), the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, he endured seven and a half years of dialysis and two dozen stays in the hospital before receiving a transplant. Now free of kidney problems, Dr. Hunt serves on the Board of Trustees of the PKD Foundation and travels the world.

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