The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families

Overview

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any system and organ in the body. For the 1.4 million people in the United States who have lupus, their overactive immune system senses that different parts of the body do not belong—and it attacks these parts. The immune system may strike the cells that line the joints or tendons, for example, causing pain and swelling. An incredibly complex disease, lupus must be properly treated for the optimal health and ...

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Overview

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any system and organ in the body. For the 1.4 million people in the United States who have lupus, their overactive immune system senses that different parts of the body do not belong—and it attacks these parts. The immune system may strike the cells that line the joints or tendons, for example, causing pain and swelling. An incredibly complex disease, lupus must be properly treated for the optimal health and well-being of the person who has it.

The Lupus Encyclopedia is an authoritative compendium that provides detailed explanations of every body system potentially affected by the disease, along with practical advice about coping. People with lupus, their loved ones, caregivers, and medical professionals—all will find here an invaluable resource. Illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and tables, The Lupus Encyclopedia explains symptoms, diagnostic methods, medications and their potential side effects, and when to seek medical attention. It provides information for women who wish to become pregnant and advises readers about working with a disability, complementary and alternative medicine, infections, cancer, and a host of other topics.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/01/2014
Treat your cold with echinacea, and you just might make your lupus worse. That's just one of the "secrets" that Thomas, a practicing physician and academic (medicine, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences; rheumatology, Walter Reed National Military Medical Ctr.) reveals in this rather daunting reference. In a 44-chapter narrative, Thomas offers both quick tips as well as deep-dive information on this incredibly complex autoimmune disease. He provides a wealth of detail on the many ways lupus affects the human body, the various related treatment options, a range of patient resources for support, and more. VERDICT This book supplies a caring, comprehensive guide to understanding and coping with lupus.—Judy Quinn, formerly with Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421409832
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2014
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Pages: 912
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Thomas, Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, is an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and teaches rheumatology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is a practicing physician and currently serves as a member of the Medical-Scientific Advisory Council of the Lupus Foundation, DC/MD/VA chapter.

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