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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071743480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071743488
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The only book you need to understand and treat your thyroid condition

The Complete Thyroid Book combines the expertise of the perfect team, both pioneers in thyroid disease--renowned thyroid specialist Kenneth Ain, M.D., and bestselling thyroid author and thyroid patient M. Sara Rosenthal. Together, they provide you with all the information you need to understand your thyroid disorder, treatment, and options, in language you can understand.

Covering both state-of-the-art and standard-of-care treatments for every thyroid condition imaginable, this comprehensive resource gives you vital information on:

  • The basics--what the thyroid does and how it works
  • Thyroid tests, scans, medication, and treatments
  • Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid hormone
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease and thyroid eye disease
  • Thyroid nodules, goiter, and thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid disease in pregnancy and menopause and among seniors, infants, and children
  • Thyroid disease and obesity, heart disease, fatigue, and mental health
  • Nutrition and complementary therapies
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kenneth Ain, M.D., is a professor of medicine and director of the Thyroid Oncology Program, University of Kentucky. He is also director of the Thyroid Cancer Research Laboratory at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. He founded and moderates the thyroid cancer patient education Yahoo group thyroidcancerhelp.

M. Sara Rosenthal, Ph.D., is an associate professor of bioethics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and director of the University of Kentucky Program for Bioethics. Dr. Rosenthal has written more than thirty health books, including several on thyroid disease.


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Customer Reviews

It does work for SOME people, but not all can convert T4 into T3.
MoldRunner
This book lays out all the relevant thyroid information in a clear and comprehensive manner.
FamilyMD
I did not realize how much bad information is on the internet until I read this book.
Mogo

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By EJ on April 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book answered all my questions on thyroid cancer, and in EASY to UNDERSTAND language. Dr. Ain has WONDERFUL information he shares with us! And there is everything else a thyroid cancer patient would need to know about hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone, lifestyle issues, etc. So although this is definitely a book for all people with thyroid diseases of any kind, it's especially welcome for us thyroid cancer patients!
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Bridge-builder on May 29, 2005
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I'm a middle-aged engineer who knows the difference between "the right stuff" and crap. Nearly all the self-help health books on the rack at Borders were the wrong stuff. They contradicted much of the basic information I'd already pulled out of my own searches and didn't give me sufficient practical detail. This "Complete Thyroid Book" finally let me understand what was going on with my thyroid. It spelled out the issues with my hypothyroid problem and gave me details about my thyroid pills that even educated my pharmacist. I don't usually trust book cover blurbs, but after I googled Ain and Rosenthal the blurbs on this book were understatements. This book is truly "the right stuff".
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mogo on June 6, 2005
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I loved this book. I was diagnosed with Graves' disease after my first pregnancy, and there are a lot of things this book explained for me that I never knew, and that my doctors did not explain. I have had problems with my eyes, and I also did not understand radioactive iodine very well. There are a lot of things in this book that anyone with Graves' disease should know. There is a lot of stuff on hypothyroidism and proper treatment and tests that we need to know about that is hard to find elsewhere. I did not realize how much bad information is on the internet until I read this book.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ILH on May 10, 2005
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As someone who has been struggling with hypothyroidism for many years, I highly recommend this book, which really provides the best information on thyroid disease I've seen yet. I have had a lot of trouble finding information on thyroid disease that I trust. There are a lot of strange things on the internet that didn't add up for me, and this book really helped me wade through the junk, and understand what treatments are right for me, and why some things I was reading did not make any sense.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Steve M. on September 16, 2005
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My wife and I both have thyroid problems, and both work in the healthcare field. You'd think that we get great medical care, but our hospital has an awful health plan and sometimes I have to figure things out myself. My primary doc is only a nurse practitioner and I already know more about thyroids than she does. We have struggled to find reliable and in depth information on thyroid. This is the only book that gets our vote! Besides the expected great stuff on thyroid tests and lists of symptoms that you could find in a couple of other books, it's the only one that actually explained what was going on, why things should be done in a certain way, and made it completely clear. You'll find lots of bang for your buck! The title says it all: very complete!
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88 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Detroit Doc on October 26, 2005
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I am thankful this book exists, but acknowledge that the authors are walking a very difficult and unpopular path: it's called the truth. I have several unhappy hypothyroid patients whon are "science deniers". They are further influenced by thyroid books that dispense dangerous guidance by questionable authors (some with absolutely no medical education) claiming that all doctors who practice conventional medicine are somehow corrupted by pharmaceutical companies. When I try to counsel them about appropriate therapy for hypothyroidism, they get upset when I suggest 21st century therapies and tests instead of Depression-era practices that have long been abandoned. Many patients have been doing their own reading, and have been exposed to simply wrong advice: mainly that the TSH test is somehow "evil" and that any type of thyroid hormone produced through biotechnology is equally suspect. I try to use my own health scenario - a female doc in her 50s who is managing hypothyroidism, too - as a way to reach some of my patients. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it's like having to defend things that ought to be self-evident: evolution or a "round" earth. Frankly, I've been in a quandary until I found this excellent book as a tool. And boy, do I use it.

I feel compelled to point out that some of the reviewers on this book page are woefully miseducated, if in fact these are "genuine" reviews by people who have actually read The Complete Thyroid Book. One reviewer curiously admits that she hasn't read the book, and yet is reviewing it nonetheless??

I find these reviews suspect because anyone who actually reads this book will clearly see the many pages dedicated to explaining the very things some of these reviewers claim it doesn't do:

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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Joyce N. on September 10, 2005
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I purchased this book from my local bookstore and loved it so much that I went to Amazon to order a copy for my sister-in-law. Let me tell you all --- I was SHOCKED to see the 2-star reviews listed here. This book has my votes for 6 stars (if they went that high)!!!!!!!! This book is absolutely NOT the "same old" info on thyroid disease. It gives the best information about the symptoms, tests and treatments for every imaginable thyroid problem. The authors COMPLETELY explain WHY you need certain tests, how to make sense of the results, and what your symptoms could mean. There is even a chapter devoted to explaining all the misinformation you find in other books! I think this is the absolute best thyroid book around. Other books by patients with no training in medicine don't give you good information because the authors don't know enough about thyroids themselves, so they tell you that "doctors don't know what they're talking about." The dark angel has a special place for them because they sell ignorant ideas that could hurt people.
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