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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia J. Watkins, RN, BSN (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: This fourth edition publication informs the reader of more advanced treatment options and drugs, and updated information on the subject of HIV, and includes social and physical effects of the disease as it progresses. It has an easy to read, understandable style that explains HIV in the simplest terms, from the first contact to the more complex stages.
Purpose: It helps prepare the reader (whether patient, family, or caregiver) for the many emotions experienced by people affected by HIV infection (such as anger, depression, fear, uncertainty, helplessness, and guilt).
Audience: In addition to being an excellent reference for patients, families, and caregivers, this book could also be used by nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers. The author is a medical doctor and director of an infectious control disease division, which makes him a good authority on this subject.
Features: The table of contents provides readers with clear, concise categories to choose an area of interest without reading the whole book. The reader is informed of what to expect emotionally as the disease progresses; ways to help the reader deal with these emotions are outlined. Information provided on the transmission of HIV will help the family and caregivers understand the disease and decrease worries about contracting it. The expected changes in the body systems as the disease progresses and what to do in order to live the fullest life possible are described. The book supplies information about selecting physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. It is also an excellent resource for drugs and other therapies. The glossary includes terms, drugs, and tests used in the context of the book explained in easy to understand layman terms.
Assessment: This book is easy to read and understand. Chapters are well-organized, pertinent terms are explained/defined in the glossary. Easy-to-understand explanations of the social and physical aspects of HIV are provided. This is a good reference for improved drugs and tests. It would be an excellent resource for libraries, bookstores, and individuals, as well as practitioners (nurses, doctors, etc).