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Lupus 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0895298331
ISBN-10: 0895298333
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Systemic lupus erythematosus is a mysterious, hard-to-diagnose disease that affects an estimated two million people in the United States alone. The unpredictable behavior and uncertain course of lupus raise many questions for sufferers of this sometimes devastating disease. Lahita (medicine, Columbia Univ., and chief of rheumatology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Ctr., New York) has authored several textbooks on lupus and immune diseases. His coauthor is the director of the "Cope" program for the Long Island/Queens chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America and wrote Coping with Lupus (Avery, 1990). Lahita and Phillips are more than qualified to provide information about lupus, and their writing is clear and their coverage comprehensive. Their question-and-answer format will not be to everyone's taste; however, in combination with the index, it makes finding answers to particular questions quick and easy. Recommended for all patient-education collections.?Stacey Hathaway, Wright State Univ. Libs., Dayton, Ohio
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Physician Lahita and psychologist Phillips have had considerable experience in diagnosing and treating lupus and helping patients and their family members cope. Their book, aimed primarily at patients, clearly discusses the different types of the disease. Because lupus can be so confusing, Lahita and Phillips also discuss medical disorders similar to it. They subsequently turn to the immune system, which is the body system most likely to be involved in lupus, to tests and diagnosis, and to descriptions of symptoms and complications, usefully conveyed in question-and-answer format. Not much is yet known about the causes of lupus; still, Lahita and Phillips offer some suggestions. Many triggers can initiate flare-ups of the disease, but there are ways to lessen some of these outbreaks' effects. The thorough and practical volume ends with a brief list of further reading that surprisingly does not include Suzy Szasz's excellent Living with It (1991). William Beatty
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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895298333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895298331
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,656,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert G. Lahita MD, PhD, FACP, FACR, FRCP, is the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He also serves as a Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School and is currently a senior attending physician at Saint Vincent's Medical Center in NYC as well and an adjunct Professor of Medicine at the New York Medical College.

The recipient of numerous research grants from the Primus Foundation, the Lupus Foundation of America and the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Lahita is internationally recognized for his clinical research in systemic lupus erythematosus and autoimmune diseases. His findings have been the subject of more than 170 published research articles and book chapters and over nine books.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Lupus International.

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Since being diagnosed almost 10 years ago, I have read many books, articles, pamphlets, etc. on lupus and autoimmune diseases. This book gave me the most up to date information as well as suggesting to me what questions I should be asking my health care providers. With the insights I have gained, I feel I am better equipped to manage my medical problems and live with lupus as just a part of my life -- not my whole life. I highly recommend this book to both those who have the disease as well as those who have loved ones who do.
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If you're looking for straight answers and in depth discussion about lupus, look elsewhere.
While this book has all sorts of information for people NEW to lupus, it is totally useless for anyone living with lupus, or looking for straight answers about lupus.
I got as much information from the Web as I got from this book.

This book should be given to friends and families of those that live with lupus, not to the patients themselves. There is no in depth conversation on lab tests. Nothing in the book talks about what to expect from your doctor, what normal and abnormal test results are and what they mean. There is no discussion on when a patient should, or should not press for a better answer or for more testing.
"Lupus Q & A, a Primer" is good information for the uninvolved an uninitiated. As a source of information for a patient, it is totally useless.
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As a newly diagnosed SLE patient, this book answered so many questions I had plus some I hadn't even thought of yet. It is an excellent source of information. It was also helpful for family members to read and aid in their understanding of my dieseae.
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This volume has been repeatedly recommended by doctors who speak to our lupus organization. We try to keep copies on hand for our members at all times, and recommend it to those who call the Lupus Hotline.
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Excellent product and service. Good Read.
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