The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Familiesby Donald E. Thomas Jr.
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, an 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,
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, an 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 professionalsall 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. Dr. Donald Thomas 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.
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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People who have lupus and their primary care doctors will find in this book all the information they need.
The person who has lupus and their primary care doctor will find in this book all the information they need.
Finally, an expert clinician who can explain a complicated medical condition using simple conversational English without glossing over important details or talking down to the reader. The information will be clear to anyone with a high school education and will also be helpful for medical professionals. I will be recommending this book to my patients with lupus and to anyone who wants to understand this illness better.
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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