The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Understanding, Treating and Living with CFIDS

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Written by one of the world?s leading experts in Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), this book is the most authoritative guide to a devastating illness that affects millions of people. Misunderstood by both the public and the medical community, CFIDS has been subject to rumors and misinformation, making it next to impossible to determine what the facts are. David S. Bell, M.D., a noted expert and pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of CFIDS, has written this book to provide accurate, ...

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Overview

Written by one of the world’s leading experts in Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), this book is the most authoritative guide to a devastating illness that affects millions of people. Misunderstood by both the public and the medical community, CFIDS has been subject to rumors and misinformation, making it next to impossible to determine what the facts are. David S. Bell, M.D., a noted expert and pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of CFIDS, has written this book to provide accurate, up-to-date, and accessible information for all those who need to understand this emerging health epidemic. This definitive guide to the history, symptoms, effects, theories, treatment, continuing research, and recent advances covers all that anyone who has been touched by this devastating illness needs to know to understand, treat, and live with it. Furthermore, this book details the tremendous strides that are being made in the search for the cause and the cure for CFIDS, and provides sufferers with the latest information on what they can do to best treat the symptoms they suffer from. For many of the victims of CFIDS, there are often more questions than answers. Here at last are the facts from the acknowledged expert.

Discusses laboratory evaluation/immunology/trmt/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Baptized by the press in 1985 as the ``Yuppie Flu,'' Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, otherwise known as CFIDS, is a bewilderingly little understood disease which combines severe fatigue with the presence of immune system markers. Bell, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, seeks to ``provide an overview of the current knowledge of CFIDS, including history, signs and symptoms, clinical course, laboratory findings and recent advances.'' The book is organized into five parts: an overview, a description of the disease, diagnostic tests, treatment options and the search for a cause. The author estimates that millions of Americans suffer from CFIDS, 30% of them children. The disease is still considered one of exclusion--a diagnosis of CFIDS is only considered when all other diseases which may cause the same groups of symptoms are ruled out. And diagnosis is difficult; the symptoms are misleading and may range from fatigue or exhaustion, headaches and muscle pain to depression, short-term memory loss and difficulty concentrating. Bell describes the hardships patients encounter when they seek medical help due to the lack of information currently available about CFIDS. He also recognizes the frustration of physicians and researchers who want to alleviate the suffering but have not yet found a way. (Feb.)
Library Journal
This text is a physician's primer on Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), a condition whose hallmark is debilitating fatigue of six months' duration or longer. Initially dismissed as ``yuppie flu,'' CFIDS (``see-fids'') is a diagnosis of exclusion lacking a definitive lab test or biological marker. Bell, a leader in CFIDS research, writes clearly and passionately about its history, symptoms, theoretical causes, treatments, and research in progress. For a book from the patient's perspective, see Susan Conant's Living with Chronic Fatigue ( LJ 7/90). Recommended for popular health collections.-- Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201407976
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 1,443,661
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Bell, M.D., an instructor at the Harvard Medical School and a staff member of Cambridge Hospital, is on the board of directors and the scientific advisory committee of The CFIDS Association of America, a national non-profit organization that funds both CFIDS research and advocacy efforts.

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Table of Contents

Alison Williams: A Case History
Preface 1
Pt. 1 An Overview of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 5
Ch. 1 What Is CFIDS? 7
Pt. 2 Description of an Illness 23
Ch. 2 The Course of CFIDS 25
Ch. 3 Could It Be Something Else? 51
Ch. 4 CFIDS and Children 65
Pt. 3 The Tests 81
Ch. 5 Laboratory Evaluation in CFIDS 83
Ch. 6 The Immunology of CFIDS 93
Ch. 7 Epstein-Barr Virus 105
Ch. 8 Research Testing 111
Ch. 9 The Measurement of Disability 119
Pt. 4 Treatment of CFIDS 133
Ch. 10 Prognosis or Outcome 135
Ch. 11 General Treatment Principles 145
Ch. 12 An Approach to Medication 157
Ch. 13 What Does the Future Hold? 169
Pt. 5 The Search for a Cause 179
Ch. 14 The Historical Perspective 181
Ch. 15 Theories and Research 195
Ch. 16 A Promising Theory 215
Conclusions: The Frontier of Twenty-First-Century Medicine 231
Appendices 237
Index 267
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