Living with Rheumatoid Arthritisby Tammi L. Shlotzhauer, James L. McGuire
Building on their accessible explanation of the disease and
Already a trusted guide and an invaluable resource, Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis offers practical advice for the millions of people who live with this painful disease. Now thoroughly revised and expanded, this second edition brings readers up to date with the latest methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Building on their accessible explanation of the disease and its causes, the authors describe the essential components of care: medication, joint protection, physical activity, and good nutrition. They provide a wealth of new information on medications, including biologic response modifiers, alternative and complementary approaches, and treatments for osteoporosis (which often accompanies rheumatoid arthritis), and they describe safe and effective ways to cope with pain, stiffness, and fatigue. The book helps readers understand their own emotional responses, as well as those of family and friends, and, because the disease often entails lifestyle changes, it provides practical advice for achieving as normal a life as possible.
With the latest information on medication, nutrition, and resources (online and off), this volume is a
About the Author:
Tammi L. Shlotzhauer, M.D., is clinical instructor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a practicing rheumatologist at Rheumatology Associates of Rochester. James L. McGuire, M.D., was chairman of the department of medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Description: This is a detailed guide for patients and families with rheumatoid arthritis describing, in simple language, what it is, its various manifestations, and what therapeutic interventions are available to treat them. The book is unique in its systematic and in-depth approach to every question. The first edition was published in 1993 and much has changed since then, especially in the field of therapeutic options, making this update quite necessary.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to formulate a well-written, readable, comprehensive guide for patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, and for those who care about them and for them. One of the most important needs of persons living with rheumatoid arthritis is education. Informed patients and family members will be better able to deal with the disease and achieve better outcomes if they are educated about the disease, its potential complications, and its treatment. These are worthy objectives and this type of book is really needed.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and for those who care for them or care about them, an appropriate audience. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The book covers in a systematic fashion and in some detail various rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms and therapeutic options to treat them and includes such information as exercises that can be done at home, radiographic changes in the joints, etc. The best aspect of the book is that the language is straightforward, but the complexity of the disease is not downplayed. Excellent illustrations explain various exercises. Tables are used with great effect to convey information. It is interesting to note that questions such as the role of vitamins, spas, etc., that are frequently posed by patients but are generally not a part of routine rheumatology textbooks are included here.
Assessment: Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex disease that requires constant vigilance and significant compliance on the part of the patient and caregiver for optimal response to various therapeutic interventions. This book could prove to be invaluable in the care of the rheumatoid arthritis patients by providing a bridge between the available information and its application.
James R. O'Dell, M.D.
Meet the Author
Tammi L. Shlotzhauer, M.D., is a practicing rheumatologist at Rheumatology Associates of Rochester and associate medical director at Rochester Clinical Research, where she directs clinical research trials involving arthritis.
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When I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I knew nothing, didn't know what to expect and/or what path I should take in the way of treatment. This book answered all my questions. I was very scared and was put at ease. As of this writing, I am going to my first Rheumatologist appointment on Monday with a good outlook on my future. Definetely the book to add to your library.
Being just diagnosed with RA I had a million questions that needed to be answered. This book is filled with information that helped me begin to understand what was happening to me and to get my life back in order. It is definitely a "must have" if you have or know someone that has RA.