Multiple Sclerosis, 5th Ed.: The Questions You Have-The Answers You Need

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Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need, 5th Edition is the definitive guide for everyone concerned with the disease - those who have MS and those who share their lives with someone who has it. It covers a wide range of topics in an accessible question and answer format that allows people to easily find the information they need while providing a model of successful communication with healthcare providers.

The contributors are leading authorities in all ...

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Overview

Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need, 5th Edition is the definitive guide for everyone concerned with the disease - those who have MS and those who share their lives with someone who has it. It covers a wide range of topics in an accessible question and answer format that allows people to easily find the information they need while providing a model of successful communication with healthcare providers.

The contributors are leading authorities in all areas of multiple sclerosis management, who proffer expert answers to the most common questions about living with MS-medical, emotional, social, and economic - and represents a interdisciplinary approach to the disease. The book's goal is to help those living with MS live the lives they aspire to lead. The chapters cover everything from treatment to emotional, sexual, and employment issues.

The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout. The book provides the most current information on multiple sclerosis including a review of the controversy surrounding CCVSI, discussion of the first two pills in development for the disease, new information on the drug Tysabri, emotional issues, and the family.

The thoroughly revised and updated fifth edition of the classic Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need answers even more of your questions about how to live and thrive with MS.

  • What are the current drug therapies for MS?
  • What about alternative medicine?
  • Should I exercise?
  • How common is depression with MS?
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
"A most worthwhile resource for people with MS, their families and caregivers, and the medical and other support staff who work with them. Highly recommended."—Library Journal 11/1/2011

“In this comprehensive new edition, Dr. Kalb and colleagues have successfully blended together the expertise of professionals with real-life examples that bear witness to the realities of life with MS. If you could have only one resource for MS information, this is the one. Every professional who works in the field of MS as well as people with MS and their families would benefit from the critical questions posed in this book and the cogent answers provided.”—Peggy Crawford, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati Medical School

“…I have recommended this book to my patients since its first edition because it is an extremely comprehensive reference for people no matter what stage they are in on their journey with MS. There is comfort in knowing others have asked similar questions to those they have and that answers are available that are straightforward and understandable…this edition catches up to new information and ways to manage the disease but retains the basics about how to live with the disease and move forward.”—Patricia Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN, Editor of the forthcoming The Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Guide to Lifestyle Empowerment

Praise for the Previous Edition

"...If you have MS, love someone with MS, or work with a person who has MS, you will find this book helpful and informative."—MS Focus

"...Highly recommended for MS patients, bookstores, and libraries."—Doody's Reviews

"...inclusive and comprehensive..."—Library Journal

"The writing style is clear and informative, and the authors are sympathetic and the emotional aspects of living with MS...Physical therapists, students, physicians, and people with MS will find it a useful addition to their library."—Physical Therapy

"Enhanced with a comprehensive list of readings and resources, this is the primary resource most especially recommended for non-specialist general readers having to deal with MS issues."—The Bookwatch"

Library Journal
While there is neither a cure nor a known cause for multiple sclerosis (MS), much medical progress has been made in the years since the 2007 publication of this title's previous edition. This comprehensive guide—edited by Kalb (director, Professional Resource Ctr., National Multiple Sclerosis Soc.), with contributions from other experts in the field—addresses the questions of anyone diagnosed with MS, regardless of the disease's progression. It covers who gets MS and why, symptom management, options for managing relapses and the course of the disease, complementary and alternative medicine, occupational and physical therapy, how MS affects sexuality and intimacy, speech and voice problems, cognitive and emotional challenges, pregnancy and childbirth, employment and insurance issues, long-term care, and more. As their questions change and even multiply throughout the course the disease, readers will be able to refer to this book again and again. Recommended readings and resources increase its utility. VERDICT A most worthwhile resource for people with MS, their families and caregivers, and the medical and other support staff who work with them. Highly recommended.—Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH
From The Critics
Reviewer: Robert K Shin, MD(University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This is a valuable resource for patients with MS, their friends and family, and healthcare providers who work with them.
Purpose: Developments in the MS field have progressed rapidly over the past 15 to 20 years, making it difficult for patients with MS to keep up with all of the latest advances. It makes sense that a fourth edition of this book should be published, with valuable new information on natalizumab (Tysabri), pediatric MS, and epidemiology.
Audience: A variety of healthcare professionals, including nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers, and researchers, have contributed chapters in this book for MS patients. Overall, the quality of the information is very good. The chapters by Dr. Aronson ("The Epidemiology of Multiple Sclerosis - Who Gets MS and Why?") and Dr. Miller ("Considering Options for Managing Relapses and the Disease Course") are particularly excellent.
Features: The book is divided into four major sections, with 4 to 10 chapters in each section, covering topics ranging from alternative therapies, MS pathophysiology, sexual dysfunction, and navigating insurance and work issues. The breadth of subject matter and expertise are strengths of the book, but they also prove to be an organizational challenge. The book is not designed to be picked up and read from cover to cover. Rather, it is meant to be an encyclopedia or reference. Ideally, a patient or family member will turn to the book with a question, open the book to the relevant section and find the information he or she is seeking. For this sort of book, then, the table of contents, page markings, and index become critically important. The table of contents is adequate, but sometimes the titles of the chapters do not clearly express the information that they contain. For example, a patient with urinary symptoms might not realize that the topic is discussed in depth in the chapter entitled "Nursing Care to Enhance Wellness." Another unfortunate issue is that the index page numbers are more often than not inaccurate, typically being off by one or two pages. Another quirk is that the book prefers to use the brand name of medications (Tysabri), but the index defaults to the generic name (natalizumab) and provides a pronunciation guide for the generic name only. Also, the top of each page has the chapter title, but not the chapter number. As a result, when another chapter is referenced ("see Chapter 4"), there is no way to quickly flip back to that chapter by scanning the tops of the pages — the only way to find a chapter is to turn back to the table of contents. Perhaps this is a small issue, but due to the format of the book, readers are often referred from one chapter to another and adding chapter numbers would make a significant difference.
Assessment: Overall, the book meets its ambitious goal of providing the answers to the questions an MS patient or family member/friend would have, but I hope that in the future more attention is paid to the small details that will make this resource more user friendly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936303168
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 322,112
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind C. Kalb is Vice President of the Professional Resource Center at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) in New York City, providing educational materials and consultation services for healthcare professionals. She is the author of Multiple Sclerosis a Guide for Families, 3rd Edition and co-author of Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges both published by Demos Health. She is co-author of The A to Z of Multiple Sclerosis published by Checkmark Books in 2006, and is co-author of Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies. She regularly publishes in professional journals and speaks all over on the world on the subject.
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Table of Contents

Part I MS: What's it all about?
What Should I Know About this Book?
MS: An Introduction to the Disease
Who Gets MS and Why?
Symptom Management at a Glance
Part II: How is MS Treated?
How MS Treatments are Developed
Considering the Options for Managing Relapses and the Disease Course
Looking at Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Role of Physical Therapy: Strategies to Enhance Independence and Productivity at Home and at Work
The Role of Occupational Therapy: Strategies to Enhance Independence and Productivity at Home and at Work
How MS Affects Sexuality and Intimacy
Speech and Voice Problems: Assessing and Managing
Swallowing Problems
Cognitive Challenges
Part III: How Do Individuals and Families Cope with the Challenge of MS?
Coping and Adaptation: Making a Place for MS in Your Life
Emotional Changes and the Role of Stress
How MS Affects the Family
Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Gynecologic Care
Children Get MS Too
Part IV: What Are the Recommended Financial and Life Planning Strategies?
Maximizing Employment Options
Managing the Insurance Maze
Thinking Proactively About Long-Term Care
Effective Life Planning Begins Now
Appendixes
Glossary
NMSS Disease Management Consensus Statement
Additional Readings
Recommended Resources
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