The Lupus Book

The Lupus Book : A Guide for Patients and Their Families

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Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients annually. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on this disorder, an eminent clinician who has treated over 2000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately established itself as the most readable and helpful book on the disease. Now Dr. Wallace has once again completely revised The Lupus Book, incorporating a wealth of new information. This Third Edition discusses the newest breakthroughs in drug treatments and alternative therapies as well as updated information on the immune system--all laid out in user-friendly language that any patient could understand. Readers will discover new blood tests and new drugs introduced since the last edition, an extensive table of herbs that can be used for the disorder, and a large section on cognitive therapy and biofeedback. And as in past editions, the book provides absolutely lucid answers to such questions as: What causes lupus? How and where is the body affected? Can a woman with lupus have a baby? And how can one manage this disease?
There is also a glossary of terms and an appendix of lupus resource materials compiled by the Lupus Foundation of America. 50,000 Britons and over 1 million Americans have lupus and thousands of patients die every year from the disease. The Third Edition of The Lupus Book offers these patients and their families a wealth of reliable, up-to-date information that will help them manage the disease and live a happier life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • numberous tables and line illustrations
  • 0195181816
  • 9780195181814
  • 1,791,997

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Dr Wallace believes that this book is aimed at patients and their carers, as well as a very long list of allied health professionals...The book's popularity suggests that its aims have been met...The book is divided into five parts: Introductions and Definitions, Inflammation and Immunity, What causes Lupus?, Where and how can the body be affected by Lupus?, and The management of Lupus. I would recommend it to members of the allied health professions who are involved with Lupus patients. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Vol 88B, No 9
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Table of contents

PART 1: INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS; 1. Why write a book on lupus?; 2. What is lupus?; 3. The history of lupus; 4. Who gets lupus?; PART 2: INFLAMMATION AND IMMUNITY; 5. The body's protection plan; 6. The enemy is our cells; PART 3: WHAT CAUSES LUPUS?; 7. The genetic connection; 8. Environmental villains; 9. Drugs that may cause lupus or produce flare-ups; PART 4: WHERE AND HOW CAN THE BODY BE AFFECTED BY LUPUS?; 10. History, symptoms and signs; 11. Must we draw blood?; 12. Reactions of the skin: rashes and discoid lupus; 13. Why the aches? Arthritis, muscles and bones; 14. Pants and pulses: the lungs and heart; 15. Heady connections: the nervous system and behavioural changes; 16. The head, neck and Sjogren's Syndrome; 17. What about hormones?; 18. The impact of lupus on the GI tract and liver; 19. Lupus in the kidney and urinary tract; 20. The blood and lymphatic system; 21. Why do blood clots develop?; 22. Lupus through the ages: lupus in children and the elderly; 23. Is it really lupus?; PART 5: THE MANAGEMENT OF LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS; 24. How to treat lupus with physical measure; 25. You can help conquer lupus; 26. Taming inflammation: anti-inflammatory therapies; 27. Big guns and magic bullets: disease-modifying drugs; 28. Other options: treatments occasionally used to manage lupus; 29. Fighting infections, allergies and osteoporosis; 30. Can a woman with lupus have a baby?; 31. Economic impact of lupus in the United States and disability issues; 32. What's the prognosis?; 33. New therapies for lupus and future directions
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About Daniel J. Wallace

Daniel J. Wallace, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His many books include All About Fibromyalgia and All About Osteoarthritis (with Nancy Lane).
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