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Living with Lupus: All the Knowledge You Need to Help Yourself

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This is the definitive, up-to-the-minute source of information for lupus sufferers, their families and friends, and their caregivers. It includes the latest research on possible causes and promising treatments-including treatments other than the standard drug approach. The individual voices of patients in these pages provide illuminating insights for readers living with such an unpredictable disease. Practical resources round out this detailed, readable, and reassuring guide.

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Overview

This is the definitive, up-to-the-minute source of information for lupus sufferers, their families and friends, and their caregivers. It includes the latest research on possible causes and promising treatments-including treatments other than the standard drug approach. The individual voices of patients in these pages provide illuminating insights for readers living with such an unpredictable disease. Practical resources round out this detailed, readable, and reassuring guide.

Presents diagnosis/cause/relation between doctor & patient/ drugs/corticosteroids/osteoporosis/lupus in children/etc.

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Blau ( Lupus: The Body Against Itself , LJ 4/1/77; Doubleday, 1984. 2d ed.) states that one million Americans suffer from lupus, eight out of nine being women. That's a compelling reason for patients, their families, and their friends to learn more about this connective tissue disease, which affects joints and muscles, skin, blood vessels, lung membranes, the heart, and the kidneys. The cause is unknown, but Blau cites theories regarding genetics, a virus, and environmental causes. He describes 11 diagnostic criteria but recommends that final diagnosis be made by a rheumatologist. Blau explains the main drugs prescribed for lupus, emphasizing corticosteroids, and also discusses accompanying problems like anemia and osteoporosis. While he offers some useful information, the omission of a major resource for obtaining a physician, confusing statistics, and potentially misleading comments on the drug Tamoxifen are noted flaws. A better choice would be to contact The Lupus Foundation of America for its current approved reading list.-- Catherine Greene, Bethesda Memorial Hosp. Lib., Boynton Beach, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201608090
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheldon Paul Blau, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dodi Schultz is an award-winning science writer. Together they coauthored Lupus: The Body Against Itself, the seminal and groundbreaking book on lupus.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 In Their Own Words: How It Began 9
2 Diagnosis: What Makes the Difference 19
3 Why Me? What Causes Lupus - Maybe 37
4 Doctor and Patient: A Delicate Partnership 59
5 Drugs Used for Lupus 73
6 The Main Medicines: Corticosteroids 85
7 Other Problems, Other Treatments 93
8 Osteoporosis: Detection and Prevention 107
9 A Prudent Approach to Pregnancy 133
10 The "Other" Lupus: Drugs - and More - That Can Cause Disease 149
11 Food Boosts, Cosmetic Cautions, and Other Practical Pointers 165
12 The Rest of Your Life 185
13 Lupus in Children and Teens 197
14 New Directions, Future Therapies 211
Appendix: Good Connections (You're Not Alone) 219
Glossary 231
Selected Bibliography 243
Index 253
About the Authors 263
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