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The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families
     

The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

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by Daniel J Wallace, George Bealer
 

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Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients yearly. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on this disorder, an eminent clinician who has treated over 2000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately

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Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients yearly. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on this disorder, an eminent clinician who has treated over 2000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately established itself as the most readable and helpful book on the disease. Now Dr. Wallace has once again completely revised The Lupus Book, incorporating a wealth of new information. This Fourth Edition discusses the newest clinical trials and emerging therapies--all laid out in user-friendly language that any patient could understand. Readers will also discover fully updated sections on the science of lupus and breakthroughs in research. And as in past editions, the book provides absolutely lucid answers to such questions as: What causes lupus? How and where is the body affected? Can a woman with lupus have a baby? And how can one manage this disease? Indeed, Dr. Wallace has distilled his extensive experience, providing the most up-to-date information on causes, prevention, cure, exercise, diet, and many other important topics. There is also a glossary of terms and an appendix of lupus resource materials compiled by the Lupus Foundation of America. Over a million Americans have lupus. The Fourth Edition of The Lupus Book offers these patients and their families a wealth of reliable, up-to-date information that will help them manage the disease and live a happier life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Continuing with his quest for physical and emotional health, Deepak Chopra (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind) zeroes in on common intestinal disorders in Perfect Digestion: The Key to Balanced Living, due in October from Harmony. Digestion plays a central role in our lives, says Chopra, turning to Ayurveda, the traditional Indian science of health, for greater understanding of the mind-body connection. Explaining how the gastrointestinal tract works when it's healthy, he offers suggestions for restoring it to health when ideal functioning is lost through imbalance or disease. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections. ($15 128p ISBN 0-517-79975-8) An autoimmune disorder that often defies diagnosis and to date has defied a cure is closely considered in Dr. Daniel J. Wallace's The Lupus Book, an October title from Oxford University Press. Describing the mechanism of the disease and putting therapies into perspective, Wallace, an L.A.-based specialist in lupus, blends clinical information with practical advice. ($25 256p ISBN 0-19-508443-8) In The Race Is Run One Step at a Time: Every Woman's Guide to Taking Charge of Breast Cancer, a September title from the Summit Group, Nancy Brinker addresses the reader in personal terms. Having lost her sister to breast cancer and waged her own successful battle with the disease, she describes the devastating course of her sister's disease and discusses the importance of early detection, care and preventative measures. This revision is updated from a 1990 edition to incorporate information about the latest technologies and statistics. ($13.95 paper, 224p ISBN 1-56530-182-X)
Library Journal
Nearly one million people in the United States suffer from lupus erythematosus, which develops when the body becomes allergic to itself. Because of the difficulty of diagnosing lupus, several years may elapse before an accurate diagnosis is made, resulting in mental anguish and damage to vital organs. By increasing public awareness of this disease, Wallace, a world authority on lupus, hopes to effect earlier diagnosis. In a lay companion to the renowned Dubois' Lupus Erythematosus (Williams & Wilkins, 1992. 4th ed.), which he coauthored, Wallace thoroughly explains the body's immunological processes and the causes, diagnosis, management, manifestations, prognosis, and genetic risks of lupus. Containing detailed illustrations and charts similar to those found in medical texts, The Lupus Book is written for allied health professionals as well as patients at the college reading level. Several other current books offer simpler explanations and more easily understood charts while placing a greater emphasis on coping skills; Mark Horowitz's Coping with Lupus (Penguin, 1994) and Sheldon Blau's Living with Lupus (LJ 11/1/93) are among the best. Wallace's book is recommended for those who require a detailed explanation of the disease.-Mary Prottsman, Medical Lib., Enterprise, Ala.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jill Gibson, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This is a very detailed account of all aspects of lupus for patients and their families. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The author meets his worthy objective of providing an excellent resource for patients.
Audience: The book is written for patients and their families by a superb and experienced practitioner.
Features: Many topics are covered, including background information on lupus, genetics, and a detailed list of what effects lupus can have on the body. All aspects of the disease appear to be discusses to some degree. The breakdown of the chapters and the summary at the end makes the material easy to read. The appendix of tips for patients who want to find additional resources is very helpful.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for lupus patients and their families. It is useful to have to answer specific questions as well as to provide background information. This is the most in-depth review that I have seen that is easily readable for patients and their families.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199740840
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,019,073
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Wallace, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His many books include All About Fibromyalgia and All About Osteoarthritis (with Nancy Lane).

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The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was diagnosed with Lupus last year and have read anything I can get my hands on about lupus. This book was well written and very informative. We are passing it around to family members also so that they can understand how lupus affects not just the patient, but family members as well. It is easy to refer back to for certain symptoms and questions. It is written so you can skip over what doesn't apply to you.
Genealogy_Rocks More than 1 year ago
The Lupus Book by Daniel J Wallace is a very informative reference book concerning how it is diagnosed, treated, and why sometimes it is extremely mis-diagnosed. Was just recently diagnose and had many questions regarding this autoine-immune desease. After reading I was able to gather up important health history and symptoms prior to seeing a specialist. It told what to expect when you see a specialist the first time. It also helped elimanate allot of the fears of an unknown illness. It will also be a great reference when other organs are effected by Lupus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read if you, a family member or a friend has lupus. This is also a good book to read if you are going through testing for Lupus because it explains everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. As one who has suffered with organ involvement lupus for twenty-five years, I think this is the most informative book about lupus disease published to date. If you have lupus or a loved one with lupus this book is a must have.
il1949 More than 1 year ago
This is the most rewarding book and informational one I have ever read after being diagnosed with Lupus. It went into the aspects of the disease. I would suggest everyone reading it no matter if they have the disease or is intereseted in know about it.
Lori_P More than 1 year ago
This book should be in the library of every patient and family member of a lupus patient. The earlier it is read the better they will be at managing their disease.
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A great help
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