The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

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by Daniel J. Wallace
     
 

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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 3000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately established… See more details below

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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 3000 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 Fifth Edition discusses new drug information and newly discovered information about the pathology of the disease--all laid out in user-friendly language that any patient could understand. In particular, Wallace discusses the first drug for Lupus to be approved by the FDA--belimumab (Benlysta)--as well as other drugs in clinical trials. Readers will also discover fully updated sections on the science of lupus and breakthroughs in research. And as in past editions, the book provides absolutely lucid answers to such questions as: What causes lupus? How and where is the body affected? Can a woman with lupus have a baby? And how can one manage this disease? Indeed, Dr. Wallace has distilled his extensive experience, providing the most up-to-date information on causes, prevention, cure, exercise, diet, and many other important topics. There is also a glossary of terms and an appendix of lupus resource materials compiled by the Lupus Foundation of America. Over a million Americans have lupus. The new Fifth Edition offers these patients and their families an abundance of reliable, up-to-date information that will help them manage the disease and live a happier life.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Doody's Review Service
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.
From the Publisher

"The brand-new edition of this popular title by internationally recognized lupus expert Dan Wallace has all the necessary information for patients and their families....The Lupus Book is highly regarded for the author's ability to explain a complicated disease in easy-to-understand terms that offer a concise, practical overview of lupus."--LUPUS NOW

"This is an excellent reference for lupus patients and their families. It is useful to have to answer specific questions as well as to provide background information. This is the most in-depth review that I have seen that is easily readable for patients and their families."--Jill Gibson, MD, Washington University Medical Center, as reviewed in Doody's
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"Patients and their family members who seek more detail than most consumer-level books and online patient information will find this a beneficial resource." -- Library Journal, Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr., Virginia Community Univ Libs., Richmond

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199987177
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
397,564
File size:
6 MB

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