Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have-The Answers You Need:Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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Overview

What goes wrong when a person has MS?

What drugs are used to treat MS?

When should I consider complementary and alternative medicine to treat my MS?

What can I do to keep myself as healthy as possible despite my MS?

How common is depression in MS?

The thoroughly revised and updated fourth edition of the classic Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need continues to be the definitive guide for everyone concerned with this disease those who have MS, those who share their lives with someone who has it, and all healthcare professionals involved with its management. It covers a wide range of topics in an accessible question and answer format that allows people to easily find the information they need.

Within each section, MS experts including neurologists, nurses, rehabilitation and mental health professionals, lawyers, and insurance and employment experts, answer the questions they have been asked most frequently over the course of their careers. Each chapter is designed to cover the full spectrum of the disease from the time of diagnosis through the complex challenges that can arise if the disease progresses.

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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.
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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603453
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind C. Kalb, PhD - Dr. Rosalind Kalb, a clinical psychologist, is Director of the Professional Resource Center at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York, where she develops and provides educational and consultation services to clinicians who care for people with MS. In her private clinical practice, she specializes in the needs of individuals and families living with chronic illness and disability. She serves on the editorial board of several publications, including the International Journal of MS Care

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgments; What Should I Know About This Book?; Neurology; Treatment Issues; Nursing Care to Enhance Wellness; Physical Therapy; Occupational Therapy; Speech and Voice Disorders; Swallowing; Cognition by; Psychosocial Issues; Stress and Emotional Issues; Sexuality; Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Gynecologic Care; Employment; Insurance Issues; Long-Term Care; Life Planning; Appendixes; Glossary; Medications Commonly Used in Multiple Sclerosis; Multiple Sclerosis Society Consensus Statement; Additional Readings; Resources; Professional Biographies of Authors.

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