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Understanding Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
     

Understanding Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

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by Jon Zonderman, M.D., Ronald S. Vender, Bernardo Bertolucci
 

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Written from a patient's perspective, this book provides timely information about how to obtain and maintain the highest quality of life possible while living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis--together known as inflammatory bowel disease--are chronic illnesses of unknown origin. The inflammation within the intestinal

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Written from a patient's perspective, this book provides timely information about how to obtain and maintain the highest quality of life possible while living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis--together known as inflammatory bowel disease--are chronic illnesses of unknown origin. The inflammation within the intestinal tract (within the colon in ulcerative colitis, and anywhere from the mouth to the anus in Crohn disease) leads to some or all of the following clinical symptoms--diarrhea (with or without blood), abdominal pain, fever, and fatigue.

The disease is characterized by periods of flare up and remission. Some individuals, especially those who have ulcerative colitis, may have one acute episode in their lifetime. But most IBD sufferers have recurrent periods of illness. Even in the absence of clinical symptoms, there is usually radiological and laboratory evidence of the disease.

Current medical treatments reduce symptoms, but do not cure either disease. Because of the unpredictable nature of the disease process, quality of life is severely impaired, expecially for the sickest individuals.

Besides providing basic information, this book describes various medical, surgical, nutritional, and even spiritual treatments. Its aim is to help those who are afflicted with IBD, as well as their families, to improve and maintain the highest possible quality of life.

Jon Zonderman is a medical writer and a freelance journalist. He is the author of Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation, as well as a number of books for children and young adults. Ronald S. Vender, M. D., is the chief of gastroenterology at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Conn., and Clinical Associate Professor of Gastroenterology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Zonderman has been under Vender's care for eleven years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578062034
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Understanding Health and Sickness Series
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
941,364
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

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Understanding Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a person with Crohn's disease I have read every book on the disease I have found. This was one of the first books I ever bought about Crohn's disease and still remains my favorite. It gives you detailed imformative about how the healthy digestive systems works (a part most books leave out) and then explains how your digestive system works. After reading this I understook why my doctor asked the questions he did and he even remarked what a well informed patient I was. I reccommend this book to anyone with Crohn's or to any caregiver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago