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

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

by David S. Bell
     
 

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Written by one of the worlds leading experts in Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), this book is the most authoritative guide to a devastating illness that affects millions of men, women, & children, but which has been misunderstood by the public, & tragically, the medical community. Dr. Bell, a Harvard instructor, provides accurate, up-to-date,

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Written by one of the worlds leading experts in Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), this book is the most authoritative guide to a devastating illness that affects millions of men, women, & children, but which has been misunderstood by the public, & tragically, the medical community. Dr. Bell, a Harvard instructor, provides accurate, up-to-date, accessible information in this definitive guide to the history, symptoms, effects, theories, treatment, & continuing research. He covers all that anyone who has been touched by this devastating illness needs to know to understand, treat & live with CFIDS.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201626162
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (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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