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Dr. Melissa Palmer's Guide To Hepatitis and Liver Disease [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Palmer
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Book Description

In the United States alone, more than four million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus, and chronic liver disease is the twelfth leading cause of death.

In this revised and updated edition of her groundbreaking 2000 book, renowned hepatologist Dr. Melissa Palmer discusses all facets of liver disease, from symptoms and tests to treatment options and lifestyle changes. In addition, this comprehensive handbook reveals cutting-edge research on the dangers of hepatitis C, one of the world's fasting-growing microbial threats.

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Palmer, a nationally recognized hepatologist, provides plainly written medical information explaining how the liver is integral to every aspect of daily functioning and well-being. She divides her text into four logical units: "The Basics," "Understanding and Treating Viral Hepatitis," "Understanding and Treating Other Liver Diseases," and "Treatment Options and Lifestyle Changes." Common misconceptions about this extraordinarily complex organ are dispelled; liver diseases are examined from symptoms through diagnosis and up-to-date therapeutics. Palmer advises on finding a doctor and getting the latest information on liver disease from the Internet, MEDLINE, and the medical literature. (The author maintains the popular website She also covers drugs, diet and nutrition, alternative therapies, surgery and transplantation, the liver in pregnancy, and living with an imperfectly functioning liver. Palmer's impressive work is truly encyclopedic. Highly recommended.
-James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Melissa Palmer, M.D., is nationally recognized for her research in and treatment of liver disease. She maintains a private practice on Long Island, New York.

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129 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review November 29, 1999
Dr. Melissa Palmer's Guide to Hepatitis and Liver Disease What You Need to Know will undoubtedly become a Bible to liver sufferers. In this superbly written book we come to understand a silent epidemic and the horrible toll it can exact on its victims and their families. The book is very easy to read and attacks liver disease in a step by step approach in which the valuable nuggets of information will be easily digested. The book covers a wide array of topics starting with what to do when you are diagnosed with liver disease. The book depicts the many manifestations of liver disease and the signs and symptoms which accompany it. The next step is what to do when you find out that you have a liver problem which includes picking the best liver specialist. The laboratory tests and diagnostic liver procedures are explained so that the reader will have a good comprehension of what it all means. Numerous chapters are dedicated to the various types of hepatitis including viral, alcoholic, and autoimmune. Cirrhosis is also a target of intense discussion not to mention the various types of benign and malignant liver tumors. There are a number of chapters which discuss treatment plans and the arsenal of drugs which are presently available along with their side effects. Frankly discussed are the alternative therapies and herbal medicines. The last few chapters are devoted to the practical aspects of liver disease and how best to live your life. Diet and nutrition as well as exercise and lifestyle changes are critical to a favorable outcome to those with liver disease. Discussed are the nutritional aspects of liver disease with regard to the optimal intake of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Read more ›
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
The much anticipated 2nd edition of " Dr. Melissa Palmer's Guide to Hepatitis and Liver Disease" hits an out of the park home run. In the five years since the first publication much new and vital information will enable its readers to digest the new drugs and treatment options which will be available to them. This edition will shed important new light on the latest findings worldwide to enable people with all types of liver disease to better understand their liver ailment and learn how best to deal with this chronic disorder.
This book was specifically written for sufferers of liver disease, their family members, as well as the healthcare professionals to whom their patients lives are entrusted. This book will serve as an extraordinary reference to those afflicted with liver disease and hepatitis to become knowledgeable about their particular illness and how best to seek out the appropriate treatment.
I feel that the beauty of this book lies in its simple folksy way the patient narrative
describes their own ailment and then goes on to describe the roadmap to diagnosis
and treatment options. This is done through explaining lab tests and liver biopsies results which the patient will have performed. Dr. Palmer dedicates a chapter to finding the best physician to participate in in your care and recovery.
The book also covers many frequently asked questions by patients which include the standard treatment options and their common side effects. The book also broaches
how the potentially adverse side effects of therapy can be minimized giving a much improved quality of life. A good number of pages are dedicated to nutrition, herbal remedies, and in extreme cases, liver transplantation
My prediction is that this book will be a bible to liver sufferers and enable them to live healthier and more vital lives .
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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If you read only one book on this subject, let this be it. It is style is concise, and very informative and easy to read, even for a layman. Dr. Palmer surely has experienced this subject since she virtually reads the patient's (and family member's) minds. She presents this frighinting subject with a calm voice. The section on Choosing the Right Doctor lists sources of information and questions to ask of the practioner. Give your self some sense of control. Reading this book is a first step.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book On The Subject July 28, 2000
By A Customer
I have hep c and have read everything I could get my hands on. This is THE book. Its information is correct and up to date. Its as if all of the best of all of the other books was just the starting point for this book. Much of what I have had to piece together through books, studies, articles, and pharmacuetical company information is well written in this book. I can't speak to hep a & B, but as far hep c goes, buy this book.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This book contains a veritable encyclopedia of information concerning the various forms of Hepatitis. The book is written in language that non-medical people can readily understand. The book answered many questions that I had, as well as teaching me to live with chronic Hepatitis with a minimum of life disruption. This book is a real find. I give it five stars. This book is a must for any person suffering from Hepatitis in any of its forms. It should be the first book a person includes in any library or repository of information on Hepatitis.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By JJones
This book is an informative, detailed, yet easy to understand guide. It is useful not only for people with liver disease, but also their families and friends, nurses and other allied health professionals. Dr. Palmer is to be commended for making the tremendous effort to complile so much important information into an accessible resource for people living with liver disease.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and easy to read
Very informative, and easy to read
Published 3 months ago by Carleen Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 5 months ago by tray'v
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrific mind. AC.
Published 6 months ago by Tony C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good first book on this deadly virus
This book was very informative. While I think it needs to be updated due to the new medications that have come out, it is very helpful to understand HCV. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars A hugely insightful book
No end of help for me. As an expat living in a foreign country where the language is a huge barrier, this book has given me an insight that I didn't believe was possible from a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
This book is extremely informative. It covers many topics with precisely the right amount of info, not too much not too little. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KatyP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hepatitis Information
My son was suffering from a kind of hepatitis that was explained in detail, and ideas for reversal, which has happened, partly due
to this book.
Published 9 months ago by Carol Figearo
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer
This killed my husband. People need to understand that this is something that around and we need to get a handle on it. Hep C Kills
Published 10 months ago by Patricia W. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATIVE
Published 13 months ago by Judy Terry
3.0 out of 5 stars Liver importance
Lots of great information contained within text. Great reference book. I would recommend this for anyone concerned about their overall health and diet.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Dr. Palmer is an internationally renowned hepatologist who has been practicing medicine since 1985. She maintains perhaps the largest private medical practice devoted to liver disease in the United States. Dr. Palmer graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. and was trained in hepatology (as well as medical school) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She has authored numerous scientific publications in the field of hepatology in such peer-reviewed journals as Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Seminars of Liver Disease, Transplantation and Archives of Internal Medicine.

She is frequently called upon by the media for her opinion on various topics related to liver disease. Dr. Palmer has appeared many times on television as a liver disease expert and has been quoted in such publications as TIME magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Prevention magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday. She also has appeared in numerous videos and CD-Roms aimed at educating doctors and the public about hepatitis C and other liver diseases, such as primary biliary cirrhosis.Dr. Palmer lectures to the medical and general public on liver disease-related topics on a regular basis. She also serves as a liver consultant to five major pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Palmer is a board member of the New York chapter of the American Liver Foundation, and she sits on the nutrition subcommittee of the national chapter of the American Liver Foundation, the medical advisory board of the Latino Organization for Liver Awareness (LOLA) and the medical advisory board of the Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Organization (PBCers). She has also been a member of the practice guidelines committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease(AASLD) and currently sits on the enduring educational materials committee of AASLD.

Dr. Palmer has performed trials on various experimental medication for the treatment of hepatitis. She is currently conducting research on new therapies for liver disease, specifically in the area of hepatitis C.

Her practice is located on Long Island, New York. (Main office located at: 1097 Old Country Road, Suite 104, Plainview, N.Y. 11803.


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