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Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness and Pain Won't Stop
     

Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness and Pain Won't Stop

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by Norman Latov, Lisa M. Shulman (Editor)
 

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"Peripheral neuropathy affects 10 to 20 million people in the U.S, including ten per cent of all people who have diabetes. This condition has numerous causes, but can be associated with diseases such as HIV, alcoholism, and lupus, and may result from treatments for other medical conditions, such as cancer chemotherapy. Symptoms include pain, numbness, loss of balance,

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"Peripheral neuropathy affects 10 to 20 million people in the U.S, including ten per cent of all people who have diabetes. This condition has numerous causes, but can be associated with diseases such as HIV, alcoholism, and lupus, and may result from treatments for other medical conditions, such as cancer chemotherapy. Symptoms include pain, numbness, loss of balance, and tingling in the extremities. Although a widespread condition, most people don't know about it, and when diagnosed find it difficult to obtain information.

Peripheral Neuropathy, by Norman Latov, Professor of Neurology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, explains what we know about neuropathy, including its causes and manifestations, and what can be done to manage it. Topics covered include:

  • The causes of peripheral neuropathy
  • Drug therapy for the condition itself and for managing symptoms such as pain
  • Interventional therapy
  • Caring for your feet
  • Personal accounts of people living with neuropathy
  • Alternative medicines, and much more

This indispensable guide will help millions of people understand this condition so that they can take control of their lives and make informed decisions. In addition, it will be a useful resource for their families, caregivers, and health care providers."

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Reviewer: Bonnie Gerecke, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This guide for patients afflicted with peripheral neuropathy provides information about its diagnosis and management and provides patients' anecdotes that describe their personal experiences with the disorder.
Purpose: This is intended to enable patients with peripheral neuropathy to better understand the causes of and treatment for the disease. The book is also relevant for those who know people affected by the disorder. I frequently encounter patients who do not know anything about peripheral neuropathy and this is a tremendous resource to inform and empower these patients.
Audience: This book is written for patients with neuropathy and their families and friends. It is also a good resource for medical students and residents who are studying peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Latov is a world-renowned expert on the topic.
Features: This book is arranged in a logical fashion with chapters devoted to the various aspects of peripheral neuropathy. It starts with a basic neuroanatomy primer which is followed by information on the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the disorder. It ends with patients' personal stories. Key points are nicely highlighted which are essentially the take-home messages. Chapter 4 has a nice section in which various medical terms are defined so that lay readers understand their meaning. Chapter 5 on the causes of peripheral neuropathy is comprehensive and includes an up-to-date chart of the different types of hereditary neuropathies. Patients will appreciate the stories and experience of others with peripheral neuropathy. One of the only shortcomings of this book is the lack of illustrations, which would have been particularly helpful for the anatomy section. Photographs of patients with hereditary neuropathy would also help readers, who might have a difficult time visualizing stork legs and pes cavus.
Assessment: This book is easy to read and is appropriate for the lay reader. It is comprehensive and a good resource for the patient with peripheral neuropathy. I would encourage my patients with peripheral neuropathy to read this book.
Reviewer: Bonnie Gerecke, MD(University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This guide for patients afflicted with peripheral neuropathy provides information about its diagnosis and management and provides patients' anecdotes that describe their personal experiences with the disorder.
Purpose: This is intended to enable patients with peripheral neuropathy to better understand the causes of and treatment for the disease. The book is also relevant for those who know people affected by the disorder. I frequently encounter patients who do not know anything about peripheral neuropathy and this is a tremendous resource to inform and empower these patients.
Audience: This book is written for patients with neuropathy and their families and friends. It is also a good resource for medical students and residents who are studying peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Latov is a world-renowned expert on the topic.
Features: This book is arranged in a logical fashion with chapters devoted to the various aspects of peripheral neuropathy. It starts with a basic neuroanatomy primer which is followed by information on the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the disorder. It ends with patients' personal stories. Key points are nicely highlighted which are essentially the take-home messages. Chapter 4 has a nice section in which various medical terms are defined so that lay readers understand their meaning. Chapter 5 on the causes of peripheral neuropathy is comprehensive and includes an up-to-date chart of the different types of hereditary neuropathies. Patients will appreciate the stories and experience of others with peripheral neuropathy. One of the only shortcomings of this book is the lack of illustrations, which would have been particularly helpful for the anatomy section. Photographs of patients with hereditary neuropathy would also help readers, who might have a difficult time visualizing stork legs and pes cavus.
Assessment: This book is easy to read and is appropriate for the lay reader. It is comprehensive and a good resource for the patient with peripheral neuropathy. I would encourage my patients with peripheral neuropathy to read this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932603590
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/08/2006
Series:
American Academy of Neurology
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
134
Sales rank:
313,080
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x (h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Norman Latov, MD, PhD, is Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, and Director of the Peripheral Neuropathy Clinical and Research Center at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a graduate of Columbia College, received the M.D., Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, served as Medical Intern at Boston City Hospital, and completed a residency in Neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Resident. He lectures widely, and has over 200 publications, including research articles, reviews, editorials, chapters and books.

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Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop (American Academy of Neurology Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
carol perkins More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. It helped me understand Peripheral Neuropathy. It is clear and easy to understand.
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