The latest information on living with and treating liver disorders
The Liver Disorders and Hepatitis Sourcebook, Revised Edition, gives you frank assessments of the latest therapies and drugs. It also provides advice on how you can navigate the day-to-day challenges of living with a liver disorder, and diet and nutrition guidelines, including the truth about the effectiveness of herbal remedies and liver-cleansing diets.
About the Author
Howard J. Worman, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine, anatomy, and cell biology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and the director of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases in the Department of Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Author Worman is a professor of medicine and attending physician at Columbia, specializing in liver disorders, and is currently doing research in hepatitis. He is uniquely qualified to write a book on the liver and the things that go wrong with it. The first section is a description on how the healthy liver works and all the things it does. Next is the difference between chronic and acute liver problems and what tests are done and what those tests mean. Then the book goes into all the different things that can go wrong- fulminant liver failure, cirrhosis (it¿s not just a complication of alcohol consumption), the many types of hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, medications that affect the liver, autoimmune and inherited disorders. With each disease he gives the process of the disease and current treatments. And, since you can¿t live without a functioning liver ¿ there is no equivalent to using dialysis when one¿s kidneys fail- there is a chapter on liver transplantation. There is also a chapter on living with liver disease. Most people with liver disease will not die from it and will live normal lives. There is no `liver cleansing diet¿ or herbs that help. In fact, most liver disorders do not preclude a small drink of alcohol on occasion- a fact which surprised me a great deal. I found the book very helpful in explaining test results- it really helped me understand what my husband¿s test results probably mean. The author is the kind of doctor we all hope we¿ll get- he explains things in detail using terms the average reader can understand without ever talking down to the reader. Recommended if you or someone you know has concerns about their liver.
This didn't have any new information in it. No cutting edge research like I get from my doctor so I really couldn't use it. I returned it after just glancing through.