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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Margaret A Holder, PhD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: Written from the perspective not only of those involved in diagnosing and treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but also of those who are living with this condition, this book provides valuable insights. Comments from those who have CFS describing how it has affected them and how they have found some hope and solace are interspersed throughout.
Purpose: It provides patients and their families with information to assist them in maximizing their quality of life, but it also provides the medical and nursing community unique patient insights into the condition. The book is full of useful, pragmatic information to help them care for their patients with CFS.
Audience: It is written for anyone who desires information about dealing with CFS. It is useful for the nursing and medical community because of the insights it provides as well as being a useful guide for treatment. For lay readers, it addresses what they need to know to overcome barriers while addressing their physical and emotional concerns. The author has vast experience with CFS, both as a nurse and as a mother of a child who has CFS.
Features: After explaining CFS and how is it diagnosed, the book focuses on supportive care, including alternative and complementary therapies. Throughout, it stresses how to deal with the physical and emotional unpredictability of this condition. An entire chapter covers current treatments and care, including organizations and advocacy groups dedicated to assist patients and families dealing with CFS. Personal comments from those who experience CFS daily help all readers better understand the complexities of CFS.
Assessment: This is a compelling statement about what CFS is and the impact it has on daily life for those who have it. It sheds light on a frequently misunderstood and/or disregarded condition. The book addresses this condition from the most informative and pragmatic perspective for those caring for patients with, or impacted by, CFS.