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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This is a patient friendly guide about psoriasis. It answers in plain English the common questions patients ask about psoriasis: Am I contagious? Is it curable? Is it going to take over all of my skin? Will my children get psoriasis? The author has psoriasis and his personal sentiments reflect this understanding in educating and encouraging patients about caring for their psoriasis. There is a layman's medical dictionary that explains medical terms used in the book
Purpose: The purpose is to educate patients about their psoriasis. Medical personnel will find helpful explanations to use when discussing the topic with patients.
Audience: The audience is persons with psoriasis and family with relatives who have psoriasis.
Features: There are good descriptions of the various treatments for psoriasis as well as the pros and cons. Patient information on potential side effects to be alert for and when to notify the dermatologist about particular symptoms (and the importance of such) are helpful for the patient and aid the physician in treating the patient effectively and safely. A lot of the mystery of the different therapies is removed after reading the book.
Assessment: This is a good patient educational tool. Dermatologists should recommend this book to any patient with psoriasis. The information is accurate and easy to understand and will relieve a lot of patient anxiety about psoriasis. Have them read this book before they surf the web and scare themselves silly!