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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Dee McEvoy, PhD, RN (Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center)
Description: This small, paperback book is designed for patients and families of patients with colon cancer. The second author has written a similar book on breast cancer, and one on prostate cancer is in development.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to be a guide for the healthcare consumer. It is designed to help the patient understand the disease and treatment. There are three major topics: discovery, treatment, and recovery. These are important objectives as consumers become more active in making healthcare decisions.
Audience: Although written for patients and families, it is written at a fairly high level, thus the consumer must already be well educated to understand the book. The author is a physician and the second author is a professional writer. The addition of interdisciplinary contributors, such as ostomy nurse specialists, would have added to its usefulness.
Features: Composed entirely of text, the book is not visually appealing. Certainly illustrations or pictures of CAT scan machines, radiation equipment, ostomy equipment, and chemotherapy suites would be a great addition. The appendixes are very useful, containing information on financial aid and insurance considerations.
Assessment: Although deficient in some areas, this book is an important contribution and addition to the library of the consumer of healthcare. As such, it is also important for the library of all healthcare practitioners. Specialists may want to use it as a teaching tool for patients and may need to expand the appendixes to list those topics referenced in their specific area.