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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Douglas W. White, MD, PhD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of Dr. Wallace's comprehensive guide to systemic lupus erythematosis written for patients and their families. In addition to discussions of the disease, it includes a glossary, an appendix of resources for patients and families, and chart of herbs that are used in the treatment of SLE.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to expand upon the often brief and inadequate explanation of their disease, prognosis, and treatment options offered by physicians to their lupus patients. In an era of ever shorter visits between physicians and patients, there is tremendous need for more detailed discussions and this book is equal to the challenge.
Audience: Dr. Wallace is a prolific author and recognized authority among rheumatologists and writes eloquently for the educated and motivated patient.
Features: The book offers broad discussions about all aspects of the disease from pathophysiology to clinical manifestations to treatment. The glossary, herb chart, and appendix of resource materials will be especially well received by patients.
Assessment: Rapid advances in the field and the ability of patients to stay abreast of innovations via the Internet require a book like this to be updated regularly, and so a third edition will be eagerly received. It will be at the top of my list of recommendations for newly diagnosed patients.