The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

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"Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients yearly. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on this disorder, an eminent clinician who has treated over 2000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately established itself as the most readable and helpful book on the disease." Now Dr. Wallace has once again completely revised The Lupus Book, incorporating a wealth of new information. This Third
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Overview

"Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients yearly. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on this disorder, an eminent clinician who has treated over 2000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately established itself as the most readable and helpful book on the disease." Now Dr. Wallace has once again completely revised The Lupus Book, incorporating a wealth of new information. This Third Edition discusses the newest breakthroughs in drug treatments and alternative therapies as well as updated information on the immune system - all laid out in user-friendly language that any patient could understand. Readers will discover new blood tests and new drugs introduced since the last edition, an extensive table of herbs that can be used for the disorder, and a large section on cognitive therapy and biofeedback. There is also a glossary of terms and an appendix of lupus resource materials compiled by the Lupus Foundation of America.

"...revised and expanded, covers 10 new blood tests doctors can do, over 30 drugs introduced since 1995, an extensive table of herbs that can be used to treat symptoms, and recent findings on cognitive therapy and biofeedback."

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Continuing with his quest for physical and emotional health, Deepak Chopra (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind) zeroes in on common intestinal disorders in Perfect Digestion: The Key to Balanced Living, due in October from Harmony. Digestion plays a central role in our lives, says Chopra, turning to Ayurveda, the traditional Indian science of health, for greater understanding of the mind-body connection. Explaining how the gastrointestinal tract works when it's healthy, he offers suggestions for restoring it to health when ideal functioning is lost through imbalance or disease. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections. ($15 128p ISBN 0-517-79975-8) An autoimmune disorder that often defies diagnosis and to date has defied a cure is closely considered in Dr. Daniel J. Wallace's The Lupus Book, an October title from Oxford University Press. Describing the mechanism of the disease and putting therapies into perspective, Wallace, an L.A.-based specialist in lupus, blends clinical information with practical advice. ($25 256p ISBN 0-19-508443-8) In The Race Is Run One Step at a Time: Every Woman's Guide to Taking Charge of Breast Cancer, a September title from the Summit Group, Nancy Brinker addresses the reader in personal terms. Having lost her sister to breast cancer and waged her own successful battle with the disease, she describes the devastating course of her sister's disease and discusses the importance of early detection, care and preventative measures. This revision is updated from a 1990 edition to incorporate information about the latest technologies and statistics. ($13.95 paper, 224p ISBN 1-56530-182-X)
Library Journal
Nearly one million people in the United States suffer from lupus erythematosus, which develops when the body becomes allergic to itself. Because of the difficulty of diagnosing lupus, several years may elapse before an accurate diagnosis is made, resulting in mental anguish and damage to vital organs. By increasing public awareness of this disease, Wallace, a world authority on lupus, hopes to effect earlier diagnosis. In a lay companion to the renowned Dubois' Lupus Erythematosus (Williams & Wilkins, 1992. 4th ed.), which he coauthored, Wallace thoroughly explains the body's immunological processes and the causes, diagnosis, management, manifestations, prognosis, and genetic risks of lupus. Containing detailed illustrations and charts similar to those found in medical texts, The Lupus Book is written for allied health professionals as well as patients at the college reading level. Several other current books offer simpler explanations and more easily understood charts while placing a greater emphasis on coping skills; Mark Horowitz's Coping with Lupus (Penguin, 1994) and Sheldon Blau's Living with Lupus (LJ 11/1/93) are among the best. Wallace's book is recommended for those who require a detailed explanation of the disease.-Mary Prottsman, Medical Lib., Enterprise, Ala.
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"This excellent work takes the most complicated of facts and readily explains them for the layperson. Lupus is not an easy disease for physician or layperson to fathom. Dr. Wallace's book will finally preclude the lists of questions patients ask."--Robert G. Lahita, M.D., Ph.D., College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University

"Wallace, who has the largest lupus clinical practice in the U.S., writes for the many lupus patients who do not understand their disease and are fearful of its debilitating symptoms. This book is highly relevant, since nearly one million people suffer from lupus in the U.S., more than from leukemia, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy combined."--Choice

"Wallace thoroughly explains the body's immunological processes and the causes, diagnosis, management, manifestations, prognosis, and genetic risks of lupus."--Library Journal

"The Lupus Book is absolutely fabulous!"--John H. Klippel, M.D., Clinical Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

"Although designed as a guide for lupus patients and their families, this book is of benefit to health professionals as well...Readers gain valuable insight into what causes lupus, who gets the disease, how the body is affected and why, and how various agents such as anti-inflammatory agents and disease-modifying drugs are used in treatment.--Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine

"The book explains a complicated disease in easy-to-understand terms and is suited for the motivated patient wanting a concise, practical overview of their disease....Simplifies a complex and confusing disease for the general reader....It is a reliable and practical guide for the patient who has accepted his/her diagnosis and is ready to fight the disease.--The Journal of Rheumatology

Library Journal
In this updated fifth edition, Wallace (medicine, David Geffen Sch. of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; The New Sjogren's Syndrome Hand-book) discusses new drugs to treat lupus as well as recently discovered information about the pathology of the disease. Wallace's goal is to increase awareness and so encourage earlier diagnoses, since lupus is difficult to diagnose, and patients may have the condition for years before it is identified. The book begins with an overview and a brief history of lupus as well as its possible causes. Wallace also provides a background on inflammation and immunity as they relate to the disease. Several chapters outline the many different ways lupus can affect the body. The book includes tables and figures throughout plus a glossary of terms and a list of resources at the end. VERDICT Though the target audience is general, this book's reliance on technical jargon demands a lot from readers. Patients and their family members who seek more detail than most consumer-level books and online patient information will find this a beneficial resource.—Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr., Virginia Community Univ Libs., Richmond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195181814
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Wallace, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and past Clinical Chief of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. He is President of the Lupus Foundation of America.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the first edition
Pt. I Introduction and definitions
Pt. II Inflammation and immunity
Pt. III What causes lupus?
Pt. IV Where and how can the body be affected by lupus?
Pt. V The management of lupus erythematosus
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2000

    A TRUE GOD SEND

    This is one THE best books I have ever read about Lupus. As a Lupus sufferer, it is important to know aspects of this illnesses. This book goes from the diagnostic phaze to the definition of and the treatment of Lupus. It is very detailed and concise in its approach. Doctor Wallace must be one heck of a rheumatologist because he took very complex subject matter and made it coherent for the average American. This book is filled with information on various treatments for Lupus, a prolifera of testing procedures and an explanation of co exsisting autoimmune diseases. Any individual with Lupus, their families, physicians and social workers should have this truly well constructed text!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Excellent resource book

    This book should be in the library of every patient and family member of a lupus patient. The earlier it is read the better they will be at managing their disease.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2004

    Highly reccommended!!!!

    This book really eased my mind. Not only is it fully of helpful and reliable information, but it is very easy to read. I would not be without my book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Informative but incomplete!

    This book is very informative but the drawings and list are incomplete in the electronic version. I paid for the complete book and only got part. The book is very precise in covering Lupus and explains it well. I suffer from the illness and have studied many books, and believe this to be the best by far. Two stars lost for quality control, previously mentioned.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    For Lupus patients

    A great help

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