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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Rev Upd edition (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416550992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550990
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"MS is one of the most misunderstood diseases," maintains Rosner, associate clinical professor of neurology at UCLA, and Ross, a freelance writer, in this clear, comprehensible guide intended for those afflicted with the disorder of the central nervous system, as well as for their family and friends. In addition to dispensing practical advice (clarifying signs and symptoms and the complex diagnostic process), they debunk misconceptions, asserting that "75 percent of people with MS will never need a wheelchair, and 40 percent will experience no interference with activity"; and "each and every symptom can remit completely." Emotional coping on the part of patients and their loved ones is likewise addressed. Case histories, a thorough explanation of various treatments, including diets and nutritional supplements, an evaluation of recent medical diagnostic findings (including magnetic resonance imaging, a scanning device) and a discussion of breakthroughs in cures will enlighten and encourage.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This book is valuable even for public libraries holding other books on multiple sclerosis. Rosner, a physician, and Ross answer the usual questions regarding MScauses, symptoms, diagnosis, course of the disease, and possibilities for cure. But they also devote a large part of the text to discussing the "facts of life" with the diseasethe emotions of the person with MS and of family members, friends, and caregivers. They examine relationships; discuss personal feelings of the MS victim, whether adult, child, spouse, or lover; and encourage patients to learn how to live with the disease. Recommended. Carol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Corp., Northbrook, Ill .
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was diagnosed with MS 6 years ago... by the author, Louis Rosner, M.D. at UCLA. I continued as his patient until he retired 3 1/2 years later. The
funny thing is, I had checked the earlier edition of this book out of the library while going through the diagnostic process with another neurologist and
was very impressed with its straightforward overview of the disease and its impact on the individual and their families. It lays out the facts and vagaries
of this chronic, life-changing disease without terrible gloom and doom, but also without a hint of condescention or fluff. He manages to tell you the
range of signs, symptoms, and the disability they may cause-from mild to severe-that can happen to a person with MS without unduly alarming
someone new to it. He also reviews case histories of a number of patients he had followed over the years, which I found very enlightening, as it shows
just how MS can affect people so differently.
I'd made my appointment at UCLA with one of their "MS specialists," and only later realized it was the author. I was lucky-I cannot imagine a
neurologist explaining MS to me (in person, as well as in the book) any better than Dr. Rosner. Because this edition of the book (1992) is the latest
available, and Dr. Rosner is now retired, I have no idea if there are any plans for an updated edition. I would love to see one, but even though the book
does not touch on the new immunomodulating and chemo therapies now widely used in treating MS, it remains an extremely useful book in any "MS
library." I have yet to read a better, overall explanation of this baffling disease, and have recommended it to many.
Incidentally, the new therapies not covered in this book, were initially available only beginning in the early 90s, and then, only through a lottery. This is
why they are not touched on in this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have read a few books about MS but this was the only one that seemed to give enough information in a way that I could understand it. It was neither too much in medical jargon nor so simplified that it made me feel stupid. I liked it, and thought it was informative and somewhat comforting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bev on August 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a book that gave me hope shortly after being diagnosed. It is a book I bought a number of copies of to loan to family and friends. It does a good job of telling about MS without being quite so scary as most. It really could use some updating, a lot of advances have been made since it was published.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
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I picked up 3 of the "recommended" books from Amazon.com at the same time and found this one to be the most positive in attitude. I am glad I read it first before jumping into the others. It offers a good overview.
It does need to be updated to include recent advances in treatment. Despite being written in in early 90's it bearly touches the wide-spread usage of the ABC treatments now available (Avonex, Betaserone, and Copaxone) among others. If someone could reach the authors and encourage an update!
I would still recommend it as a best place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry H. Foreman on April 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This has always been a terrific book for those who are interested in information aplenty, clarity without condescension, clinical objectivity and a positive attitude.

The 2008 update takes account of research and therapeutic disease-modifying drugs unavailable earlier.

The attitude is Rosner's own: he had polio when young, and has lived with leg-and arm-braces. He believes (He was my neurologist 1976-88.)

The 2008 edition is available in paperback and Kindle formats.

http://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Sclerosis-Practical-Advice-Families/dp/1416550992/ref=ed_oe_p
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy R. on November 14, 2013
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This book was very helpful. I gave it to my best friend because she had MS. I saw it in a store, read through it to see that it had so much information regarding natural remedies for MS. So, I purchased it for her.

The price from the seller was very reasonable.
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By Janet on July 12, 2014
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Extremely infomative. I learned a lot from this book.
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