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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2006
I used this book religiously before my dad passed away from complications due to ALS last July. The book was very helpful to understand what was happening and what was coming. As depressing as it all is, it was better to understand the situation so I could do all I could to help my loved one. I was just looking at my copy the other day and the amount of highlighting in it and stickies hanging out of it reminded me of how used the book was.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hiroshi Misumoto, MD, author of this book, has assembled articles from experts in all areas surrounding ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). While it can become fairly technical in scope for the home user, it is an encyclopedic reference for those who suffer from the disease and those who care for them.

Usually, I avoid books with articles from many experts because often these articles are simply filler that make a short book appear long. Such is not the case with this book. Each expert has contributed advice from his or her field of experience and knowledge concerning ALS. Every issue of treatment and care is covered in this book, and there is enough information to help the patient and caregiver ask the physician specific questions and be knowledgeable enough to understand the answers.

I imagine that reading Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis will appear daunting at first to many. However, the information is presented in readable fashion once you get started. Each subject area, covered in chapter format, can be tackled as needed, so you don't have to attempt to read this book through in a very short time.

Hats off to Mitsumoto for a well-researched, well-presented volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
This is an excellent resource for patients and families. Things are explained in a non-technical manner. There is an index where you can look up topics by page #. Each chapter focuses on something different and all are written by professionals. You don't have to read the book cover to cover, you can just read the parts that pertain to you right now (if that's the way you want to do it). I purchased this book based on reviews from others who have bought it and am very happy. I do not feel the need to search for another book to even supplement this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is truly a "handbook" of how ALS effects the body and how both patients and caregivers can respond to the disease. One of the things I liked best was that each chapter is written by a different person or group of people with intimate knowledge of that aspect of coping with the disease from onset through the gradual loss of functions and the end stages of life. It is both practical and informative in an objective way but a bit on the clinical side for my taste despite including stories of how people grapple with the disease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
This book pretty much covers all of the medical aspects of ALS. Although it is a tough read in the sense that the information covered can be pretty scary I think it is necessary for anyone with or anyone with a loved one with a diagnosis of ALS to read. They pull no punches. It's straight up factual information regarding all of the aspects of ALS. I'm sure I will refer to this informative book throughout my mother's ordeal with ALS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2007
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Guide for Patients and Families IT'S A LITTLE TECHNICAL, BUT SURE TELLS YOU WHAT WANT YOU WANT TO KNOW. I WILL FIND OUT TOMORROW IF I HAVE IT,
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Outstanding technical achievement, written by many medical specialists. A little difficult to read since it is a work of science. Contains details you won't find anywhere else.
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2 of 51 people found the following review helpful
SAM,

I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING LATE THIS MORNING BUT THERE ARE A FEW FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW. AND PERHAPS I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE HONEST BUT UNFORTUNATELY IN OUR INSURANCE WORLD OF TODAY IF YOU SAY YOU WERE DIAGNOSED WITH ALS ABOUT A YEAR AGO, WELL, YOU JUST CAN'T GET WORK BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL REALITY OF THE RIGHT-WING POWER BASE. THAT IS, IF YOU ARE WORTH INSURING THIS MEANS YOU ARE WORTH HIRING WHICH MEANS OF COURSE THAT THERE COULD NEVER BE ANY THING WRONG WITH YOUR HEALTH BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW GOD ONLY CURSES THOSE WHO DESERVE IT, AND THEREFORE, IF YOU HAVE ALS IT MUST BE FOR A GOOD REASON, SUCH AS HAVING RUBEOLA AT 6 IN 1961 THAT ALMOST KILLED ME BUT BY GOD'S GRACE, SOMEHOW SURVIVED. THOUGH I COULDN'T WALK OR TALK FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS. BUT ONCE YOU GET VIRAL ENCEPHALITIS, WELL, YOU KNOW, 45 YEARS LATER YOU DEVELOP BULBAR ALS, WHICH I GUESS IN THE CONSERVATIVE'S WAY OF UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD, AND THAT IS GOD'S WAY OF PUNISHING ME FOR SURVIVING AT 6 YEARS OF AGE. I MEAN, I AM SURE GOD MEANT TO KILL THE LITTLE CHILD (...) AT THE TIME BUT SOMEHOW I FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS WHICH MUST REALLY PISS BILL OREILLY OFF. I MEAN, IF GOD MEANT FOR ME TO HAVE INSURANCE, WELL, I WOULD BE IN PERFECT HEALTH. I THINK THEY CALL THIS CIRCULAR REASONING, BUT LOGICALLY, OF COURSE, IT IS NONSENSE OF WHICH THE OREILLY'S OF THIS WORLD JUST LOVE. ANYWAY, THIS LAST YEAR HAS BEEN GETTING A BIT MORE DIFFICULT FOR ME IN MOVING AROUND, ESPECIALLY MY LEGS-EACH MORNING MY BROTHER, ALONG WITH ZANAFLEX, BACLOFEN, AND A 1 HR HOT BATH GETS MY LEGS GOING. THIS MORNING ENSIGN GOT UP AND WOKE ME UP AT 6 AM; HE HAD TO TAKE HIS YAMAHA DOWN TO GET IT TESTED FOR REGISTRATION. I FELL BACK ASLEEP BUT NORMALLY HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN ME UP AND INTO THE BATH TO GET MY LEGS GOING-HE AND I JUST FORGET TO SET THE ALARM THE SECOND TIME FOR WHICH I WILL BE ETERNALLY DAMNED BECAUSE ONLY PERFECT PEOPLE WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS A PROJECT FOR ME AND I SUPPOSE IT WAS FOOLISH OF ME TO HOPE THAT I COULD WORK AGAIN, ESPECIALLY RETAIL, WITHOUT HELP TO GET THESE DAMN LEGS WORKING EACH DAY. ONCE THEY'RE MOVING THEY DO OK BUT GETTING THEM STARTED CAN BE A MAJOR TASK. SO, I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT TELLING YOU ABOUT MY ALS BUT THEN THIS IS A LEARNING PROCESS FOR ME TOO IN TERMS OF WHAT I CAN AND CANNOT DO ALL THE TIME. I REALLY DO APPRECIATE THE CHANCE TO WORK THOUGH IT WAS PERHAPS RIDICULOUS TO EXPECT SO MUCH OF MY WORTHLESS BODY. I WAS NICE TO KNOW THAT I COULD INTELLECTUALLY AT LEAST STILL FUNCTION AT A DECENT RATE. I DON'T THINK I MADE ANY MISTAKES WHICH IS A BIG ACHIEVEMENT FOR ME THOUGH A SMALL ONE. BUT IMPORTANT. I REALIZE NOW WHY WE DON'T HAVE HANDICAPPED PHARMACISTS (EVER SEEN ONE?) ANYWHERE. THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY??? IT IS FUNNY BUT MY BINDER AND BINDER SOCIAL SECURITY PEOPLE TELL ME IT WILL TAKE 2-3 YEARS TO GET DISABILITIY INSURANCE, BENEFITS BUT OF COURSE I WILL BE DEAD BY THEN MOST LIKELY. YOU GOT TO LOVE THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LAWYERS. OF COURSE I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY RENUMERATION FOR MY" SUBPAR SERVICES" BUT IF YOU WANT I WOULD SEND ANY FUNDS TO "DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS", A FRENCH GROUP THAT DOES REALLY GOOD WORK WITH THE MONEY THEY GET FOR THE BOOKS, AS IN ACCOUNTING BOOKS. SO, TO FINISH, I DO HONESTLY APPRECIATE THE CHANCE TO WORK THOUGH IT WAS PERHAPS ON MY PART UNREALISTIC TO THINK I COULD WORK CONSISTENTLY AGAIN-I WON'T HAVE ALL THE SUPPORT STAFF, IE, MY BROTHER, TO GET MY BUTT GOING EVERYDAY. IF I CAUSED ANY PROBLEMS YOU HAVE MY MOST SINCERE APOLOGIES. YOU ARE A GOOD GUY SAM AND I REALLY WAS HOPING TO GET A CHANCE TO WORK FOR YOU-YOU'RE HONEST AND CARING AND THAT IS DAMN RARE ANYMORE, ESPECIALLY FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME WITH SPECIAL ISSUES. I WON'T SAY CRIPPLED BECAUSE THE FEDS DON'T LIKE THAT TERM AND I MIGHT BE ARRESTED FOR INSPIRING SOCIAL UNREST LIKE SUGGESTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES SHOULD HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND DISABILITY INSURANCE WHICH OF COURSE COSTS MONEY AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO GET RID OF SOCIAL SECURITY ANYWAY, OR AS LEAST GET RID OF MOST OF THE BENEFITS. SORRY ABOUT THE POLITICAL DIATRIBE BUT IT DOES ACTUALLY APPLY HERE PERFECTLY. I SHOULD SEND A LETTER TO OUR PRESIDENT BUT I AM AFRAID THAT I WOULD COME UNDER SUSPICION.`

SINCERELY YOURS,

GARY HINCHMAN, RPH
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