ISSN 1535-7821 Vol. 26 No. 4 2010
Burkman's goal in this new edition of his 1998 book is to educate patients, families and caregivers about stroke and the rehabilitation process. He provides a basic overview about stroke and what to expect, including warning signs, actions to take, causes and possible impairments. Through the eyes of a rehabilitation physician, he explains how living with stroke is different for everyone and stresses the importance of patience in healing and therapy.
More than half of the book details how stroke may affect patients and the process of restoring activities of daily living, relearning speech and swallowing, and gaining strength and coordination. Incontinence, sexual issues and other complications are also mentioned. Remaining chapters discuss the rehabilitation team, types of care centers, levels of care, adaptive devices, returning home and/or back to work, and the challenges facing caregivers.
Helpful photographs, diagrams of the brain, glossary, resource list, and quotes from survivors are included, but formal references and sources for statistics are lacking. While this book provides valuable initial information for families experiencing stroke, those wanting more in-depth information may find Richard Senelick's Living with Stroke: a Guide for Families, 4th ed., 2010, more helpful.
Reviewed by: Nancy O'Brien, Iowa Health – Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
Callone, Patricia R & Kudlacek, Connie. Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces. Demos Health 2011.197p. Index. ISBN 978-1932603880. $16.95.
Kudlacek, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association (AA) Midlands Chapter, and Callone, past President and VP for the Board of Directors for AA Midlands Chapter as well as volunteer, have extensive personal and professional experience working with and being caregivers to those with dementia. They have written previously on this topic, including A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier.
The writing style of their newest book makes for easy reading with charts, drawings, examples, and suggestions throughout that could be understood by most readers. The book is divided into two main sections addressing ways to care for the Alzheimer's patient and the Alzheimer's caregiver. One main theme repeated throughout is to "Nurture What Remains." By recognizing that Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patients still have a sense of self, one can discover ways to discover those remaining skills to engage and stimulate the AD patient. While the authors had good intentions in dividing the book into two sections, there are several instances of redundancies as different authors speak about the same issue in different chapters.
Much of the content is similar to their earlier work mentioned above, and similar information written in a more cohesive format can be found in Learning to Speak Alzheimer's by Joanne Koenig Coste – both of which provide good overviews of Alzheimer's and caregiving. For a more in-depth book, The 36-Hour Day is a great choice. If your library does not already own any titles on Alzheimer's Disease, this would be an acceptable addition.
Reviewed by: Amy Six-Means, MLIS, Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Chicoine, MD, Brian and Dennis McGuire, Ph.D. The Guide to Good Health for Teens & Adults with Down Syndrome. Woodbine House, 2010. 392 pp. ISBN 978-1-890627-89-8. $29.95.
Written by a physician who is medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center in suburban Chicago and the director of the Center's Psychosocial Services, the authors bring over 30 years of practical experience to the pages of this book along with photographs of individuals that receive care at the center. This book is a companion to their first book entitled Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome. (Woodbine Press, 2006) The authors note that those with Down Syndrome are living longer and more productive lives, and the book is geared toward both caregivers and caretakers to assist them to identify the concerns that may arise in the lives of those with Down Syndrome.
Divided into a chapter format, the topics covered include the understanding of common issues that may affect health, how to promote health in both the community and at home, and the interaction between physical and mental health concerns. Specific emphasis is given to issues related to the skin, dental concerns, visual issues, heart and lung, and gastrointestinal concerns. Of special note is the chapter on emerging sexuality and abuse prevention as well as special concerns when the Down's syndrome adult leaves home and plans ahead for independent living. Addenda include health screening recommendations and the importance of fluid intake. Resources include listings of self- help and professional groups including web addresses and toll-free numbers that can assist with specific problems. This book is highly recommended for practitioners and family members/caregivers of those with Down Syndrome.
Reviewed by: Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN, C, Mayo Clinic Arizona
This book is a collection of case studies of seven children who after receiving early intensive behavioral treatment (EIBT) achieved "best outcome status". There are many contributors to the collection, most are psychologists or therapists. Two introductory chapters discuss autism in general and then more specifically about EIBT in the treatment of autistic children, including a detailed description of applied behavioral analysis (ABA).
Each of the seven children has a chapter focusing on them. The children's chapters all discuss the diagnosis stage, the treatment stage (including the child's integration in to regular settings such as preschool, play times with other children, and birthday parties), and a description of child's current life. The book concludes with three appendices. The first give a detailed description of "joint attention", what it is and why it is important. The second is a manual for a game parents can regularly play with their affected child to increase his/her ability to follow instructions. The final appendix is a list of resources (books, web sites, and support groups) which focus on ABA therapy for autism.
This book gives a ray of hope to parents and families of those with autism. This is tempered by the amount of commitment required (both resources and personal) for the successful application of therapy. Although the statistics are not stressed in the book the authors claim that "best outcome status" is possible in as high as half of the children who are treated with EIBT and the majority of the rest show significant progress.
The literacy level requirements of this title is very high. The parent of a child on the spectrum who has already self-educated on all aspects of the disorder will not have a problem getting value from this book, but someone newly in the process might be a bit overwhelmed by the batteries of tests the book mentions and psychological concepts it focuses on.
A concern with this book is that it seems to treat autism as a purely behavioral problem and doesn't mention physical problems that can accompany the disorder (seizures, gastrointestinal problems, etc.). They do comment on the effects illness can have on the progress of the therapy, but their only focus is treating the behavioral (including social) aspects of the disorder.
This book is appropriate for public libraries, family resources centers and parents of children on the spectrum.
Reviewed by: Laura Brown, MLS.
Cohan, a registered nurse and health educator, has written a holistic, compassionate guidebook that offers hope for restoring quality of life to chronic bladder disease sufferers.
The book is divided into three parts, the first of which describes traditional treatments, current research, and the need for including alternative approaches. Pointing out that interstitial cystitis (IC) is now seen as a systematic imbalance, Cohan advocates for a variety of treatments that are showing great promise. Hormonal imbalance, gluten intolerance, adrenal connections, and pelvic floor dysfunction are addressed. Herbal and homeopathic recommendations and how they are known to have a positive effect are covered.
In Part II, Cohan invites readers to take control of their own healing by becoming informed about the interconnectedness of IC and chronic pelvic pain conditions. Part III presents diets and complementary therapies that show promise. There are three appendices (gluten-free diet, herbal remedies, and homeopathic remedies). An extensive resource list of books, articles, and websites is organized by disease and research centers. The table of contents indicates there is an index, but the copy reviewed was a publishers galley and the index was not included. Wendy Cohan is herself recovered from IC; the key to her recovery was a gluten-free diet. Her first book, Gluten-Free Portland: A Resource Guide, is available through her website (www.glutenfreechoice.com). She writes with insight and conviction about her own suffering and includes others' success stories in an effort to inspire and motivate. Recommended for consumer health and public library collections.
Reviewed by: Abigail Jones, MLIS, MA, Consumer Health Librarian, The Ohio State University Medical Center.
Health writer Colvin and diabetes specialist Lane collaborate to provide patients a handbook for successfully living with type 2 diabetes. If not properly managed, diabetes can cause significant complications leading to neuropathy, eye disease, heart problems, kidney failure, and other problems. The authors succinctly outline rules for patients to follow to manage their glucose levels in order to prevent or delay complications from occurring or progressing. The book is aimed at the person who has been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Beginning with a basic background of general diabetes concepts, the authors describe the different types of diabetes and their causes. Because weight control is essential to the management of the condition, the authors outline a diet plan focusing on portion control and selecting the right foods. Particularly helpful for patients are lists of foods, tips for grocery shopping, and strategies for portion control. Daily menu examples are included in the appendix. Patients are also encouraged to maintain weight through regular exercise. Chapter 3 provides guidelines for exercising for patients with diabetes.
Taking medications and monitoring and controlling blood glucose regularly are important for patients so they can keep glucose as close to normal levels as possible in order to avoid complications from developing. The authors provide information about selecting a glucometer and using the glucometer to measure glucose levels. A succinct overview of the different types of oral, injectable, and insulin medications is included.
Overall, the authors provide patients with a well-written handbook to assist them in managing type 2 diabetes. Concepts are explained well and the text is written on a level consumers can understand. Some medical terms are not defined within the text, however a glossary is provided at the end of the book. Those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will find the book beneficial to helping them understand and manage their condition. In addition to a glossary and daily menu examples the authors also provide a list of further resources for patients to consult.
Reviewed by: Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Center, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, VCU Libraries, Richmond, VA
Crawford, Gregory A. The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding out About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Best Print and Electronic Resources. Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2010. 265 p. index. ISBN 9781555707279. $85.00 USD.
The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in the United States found that the number of adults using Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) rose from 36% in 2002 to 38.3% in 2007 with an expenditure of 33.9 billion dollars on these treatments and their associated materials. It is this burgeoning market that makes a book like this a much needed item for librarians and the clients they serve. The author, Gregory Crawford, is currently the director of the Penn State Harrisburg Library. He has a PhD in communication, information, and library studies, is a Reiki master/teacher, and is a Doctor of Naturopathy. This combination of a strong interest in alternative therapies and his background in librarianship make Crawford uniquely suited to authoring this guide.
Each chapter of this book covers a specific type or related types of therapy except for the first chapter, which covers general resources. Each chapter follows the same structure and uses the same subheadings to guide the reader through the content. Background and History, Primary Uses, and Training are the introductory segment of each chapter where the reader receives a general introduction to the topic. This is followed by an annotated bibliography.
This book fills a much needed niche, but is not without its flaws. In the background section on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, mention is made of a case study and a controlled study on this topic but only two sources are included, an institutional website and a textbook. Two books by Kevin Trudeau were included in the bibliography for the General Resources section. These seem an odd choice for inclusion as Trudeau's infomercials have been banned for three years by the Federal Trade Commission as a result of false claims
The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding out about Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a useful, although expensive, addition for both academic and public libraries.
Reviewed by: Mindy Thuna, University of Toronto Mississauga Library, Mississauga, ON, CANADA.
People considering or recovering from weight loss surgery will find this book an excellent supplement to their doctor's instructions. It is full of practical advice and examples, including situations in which a person may find themselves after surgery and having issues with their eating style. Suggestions are given on how to avoid or relieve the symptoms.
The book is presented in an easy to read and follow style which continues into the recipe section. It begins with the preparation of cleaning out cupboards with the old and restocking shelves with more appropriate choices. There are recipes covering all meal categories from appetizers through desserts, breakfast through dinner. Recipes are provided covering the different stages for eating during the healing process from clear and full liquids to smooth and soft foods and into what will be the new normal. The ingredients are realistic and appetizing and definitely can be used for all members of the family. In fact, this is an excellent book for anyone wanting to lose weight, surgery or not.
The authors; a chef, a registered dietician, and an author (previously co-authored book on weight loss) bring experience to this book. They are realistic in their perspective and forthright with the information that eating is only part of the journey. But if this aspect is not made simple and appetizing, people won't follow the meal plan. Readers don't have to worry and they won't be disappointed in choosing this book.
Reviewed by: Connie Kroll, Lawton, OK
DeVere, Ronald & Calvert, Majorie. Navigating Smell and Taste Disorders. Demos Health, 2011. 189 p., index. ISBN: 9781932603965. $19.95.
An individual may have difficulty with taste and smell for a wide variety of reasons. Regardless of the cause of the disorder, it greatly impacts a person's ability to enjoy food as well as his or her quality of life. There are approximately ten clinics in the United States that specialize in taste and smell disorders, and they are listed in one of several appendices to this book. Devere, a neurologist, is the director of one such clinic in Austin, Texas, and Calvert, whose background is in the food industry, is a food consultant at the clinic. They have written a guide for patients and family members that not only provides information about these disorders, but gives suggestions about food preparation and includes a large number of recipes.
Navigating Smell and Taste Disorders also explains the causes of problems with taste and smell, reviews the physiology of these processes, and provides a detailed discussion of diagnosis and treatment. The authors have included three brief case studies that are referred to in short passages throughout the book, and each chapter concludes with briefly annotated references.
There are few, if any, consumer health books about this topic. While the reading level of most of the material is at high school or college level, the authors do include a helpful glossary of medical terms at the end of the book. In addition, the first time a term is used, it is presented in bold type and defined at the bottom of that page as well. This is the first book in a new "Neurology Now" series from the American Academy of Neurology. It is recommended for most consumer health libraries.
Reviewed by: Deborah Magnan, Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Good food is vital to good health. The current trend encouraging people to buy locally produced, natural and organic foods is a step toward a healthier diet. Myra Goodman, the founder of Earthbound Farm, an organic vegetable producer in Carmel, California, has written a book about "cooking healthfully, mindfully, and, above all, deliciously." She teaches readers about the benefits of using organic foods and planet-friendly cooking utensils and cleaning products, going beyond the usual messages of environmental impact. She discusses water conservation, packaging, and the tradeoffs involved in using canned or frozen produce. She also provides instruction for working with lemongrass, toasting nuts and seeds, and growing sprouts. The book has chapters on soup, salads, meat and poultry, fish, vegetarian entrées, breads, and desserts. There are also pantry basics and eco-friendly ideas for making the kitchen greener. All of this, plus delicious recipes for dishes like mushroom barley soup, jicama and orange salad, and yam and winter squash casserole make the book an excellent addition to library and home collections.
Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.
Honoré, Gerard M. and Nemiro, Jay S. Overcoming Infertility: A Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant. Addicus Books, 2010. 142 p., glossary, index. ISBN 978-1-886039-16-2. $19.95.
Infertility – or "subfertility" in the parlance of fertility specialists, as a nod to the technological advances that make conceiving a child a possibility for the vast majority of would-be parents – is undeniably heartbreaking for women (and men) who long to conceive. In response to this fundamental longing as well as the recent explosion in reproductive technological advances that make conception a possibility in the most unlikely cases, there has also been a rise in the number of books dedicated to helping subfertile couples navigate the confusing and expensive world of advance reproductive technology. Drs. Honoré and Nemiro are reproductive endocrinologists with a wealth of experience in helping such couples, casting a glow of authority on their slim guide. Through their well-organized chapters, they address the underlying physiological basis and treatment approaches for the various causes of both male and female infertility. While the work is not long it is comprehensive in its scope, and it includes advice regarding the cost of procedures and even such emotionally fraught considerations as a "gestational carrier" (surrogate mother).
It is perhaps the authors' very expertise that makes this work somewhat less accessible than others on the market. The reading level is quite high, and even the helpful glossary of terms at the end doesn't overcome the rather pedantic tone. Of course, the subject matter is very complicated and difficult to translate into everyday language. In addition, some patients will undoubtedly appreciate the authors' respect for their ability to work at understanding all the medical nuances of their quest for children. For this reason, this reviewer recommends that, where possible, libraries purchase both this book as well as others, such as the less densely written 100 Questions and Answers About Infertility (Jones & Bartlett, 2nd ed., 2010). Both should find a welcome reception among users dealing with fertility problems.
Reviewed by: Kay Hogan Smith, UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, Birmingham, AL
Danna Korn has revised and updated her original book titled "Kids with Celiac Disease: A Family Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Children" (2001). She is the founder of R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) and a consulting service, GlutenFreedom, that advises parents and professionals about the nutritional requirements of children who need to live gluten-free. The book contains many of the original chapters, but the focus of the revised edition is to include other medical conditions that have been shown to benefit from a gluten-free diet such as autism spectrum and attention-deficit disorders. The forward is written by actress Jenny McCarthy who is an advocate for autistic children and she discusses the benefits of the gluten free diet to help with a "treatment protocol" for autism. The advice provided for parents is easy to understand and locate within the format of the book. If a parent is looking for a food list or quick reference, a comprehensive index is included. The author is not a physician, but her work is internationally known and she is often a guest speaker for professional conferences. Her first edition was recommended reading by the CDHNF (Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation) and NASPGHAN (North American Society for Pediatric, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition).
Reviewed by: Cynthia L. Butcher, Family Resource Center, The Children's Medical Center of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.
Mudherjee, Siddhartha. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Scribner, 2010. 592 p. index. ISBN 1439107955 $30
The Emperor of All Maladies is not your typical historical rendition of a disease, neither is it a journal of clinical cases. Inspired by a patient's question of "Where are we going in the war on cancer?" accomplished writer and respected oncologist Dr. Sid Mudherjee realized a story as he reasoned backwards to answer the question. The result is a biography of cancer complete with a genealogical tree of sorts that masterfully connects the dots for what he refers to as a "4000 year old game of chess." Peppered throughout the history is the story of Carla, a 36-year-old woman with leukemia, who, not unlike Clare in Niffenegger's Time Travelers Wife, grounds us in the reality of living with a mysterious, elusive, oftentimes frightening, shape-changing partner.
The Emperor of All Maladies teaches but also entertains if your pleasure runs the way of historical/political suspense. It traces the tenacity and ingenuity of innumerable players that perpetuated a philosophical and organizational framework for today's multimillion-dollar war on cancer that includes the Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber, American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute. In particular, the phenomenal contributions of a pediatric pathologist Sidney Farber and New York businesswoman and socialite Mary Lasker are highlighted.
This book is a page-turner. Not only is this a well-written story that keeps the reader exclaiming with surprise over truths told, but it is also a story with the ultimate cliffhanger: Does the king die? Clinical staff and cancer survivors alike will find this a book to stay up with, reading into the long hours of the night to find the answer.
Reviewed by Janis Leird, MLS, Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center, Middletown, CT.
Rawlings, Kelly, ed. Diabetic Living: Quick and Easy Meals. Meredith Corporation, 2011. ISBN 978-0-470-87280-2. 252p. $19.95.
This book balances the genre of a health education text and cookbook extremely well. The photography of the food is very well done and comparable to that of a typical cookbook. In fact, the overall format of the text is very much like other cookbooks. This detail is quite important to the reader -- a person who is relatively new to a diabetes diagnosis. The familiar format makes the content feel familiar and accessible. Specific, significant details to those with diabetes, especially those about carbohydrates, are highlighted for the reader in a way that adds to, not interferes with, the text.
Three introductory pages are dedicated to explaining diabetes and eating. The author doesn't spend a great deal of time overtly educating the reader about diabetes, likely assuming he or she will receive a great deal of instruction from his or her health care provider.
While the overall approach and presentation and writing of the text were effective and extremely well done, the organization of the sections of the cookbook wasn't. The categories like "Slow-cooked Dinners" and "Weeknight Suppers" highlight the amount of time it takes to make each meal. While that is useful, there were too many classifications -- nine. It would've made more sense to have three classifications -- Snacks, Meals and Desserts, then organize these sections according to prep time.
While this cookbook does some diabetes education, the majority of the content is recipes – recipes which features key touches that highlight the most significant elements of a recipe for a diabetic.
Reviewed by: Kate Roberts Edenborg, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, Minn. and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Don't Miss Your Life is a self-help book that provides guidance on establishing a work-life balance. The author, Joe Robinson, a former Los Angeles Times reporter, conducts work-life balance training workshops for corporations and has appeared on CNN, NBC, and NPR to discuss the importance of developing a life outside of work. In addition to his own experiences, Robinson consulted psychologists, researchers, and other experts to write this book, and he included a lengthy list of references citing his research.
Throughout the book Robinson acts as part instructor and part cheerleader as he encourages the reader to feel entitled to have fun rather than feeling guilty for not devoting one's life to his career. Robinson provides concrete advice for incorporating fun activities into one's schedule. The book also contains tales of the author's own adventures, focusing on his love for samba dancing, and numerous inspirational stories of everyday people who became "life enthusiasts." Reading the book is an interactive experience, as it engages the reader with activities, such as a time management chart and instructions for creating a life résumé. A complementary website at dontmissyourlife.net adds another dimension to this book, by featuring photos of the author, videos of the inspirational stories, and online versions of the activities in the book. However, at the time of this review, portions of the website were still under construction. This book is written for the average person seeking a more fulfilling life and would be a valuable addition to any library's collection, including corporate libraries.
Reviewed by: Deidra Woodson, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, Medical Library, Shreveport, LA
Roush, Karen. What Nurses Know . . . Menopause. Demos Health, 2011. 231p. glossary, bibliography, and index. ISBN 978-1932603866. $16.95.
What Nurses Know . . . Menopause is the second in a new series of books written by nurses for patients to empower them to be active and informed participants in their healthcare. As a nurse specializing in women's health issues for over 25 years and the former Editorial Director of the American Journal of Nursing, the author is exceptionally qualified for this subject.
What Nurses Know . . . Menopause covers the entire spectrum from an overview of the female reproductive system to hot flashes, sleep disturbances, sexuality, bone health, and hormone therapy. Throughout the book are What Nurses Know . . . tips, statistics, and practical advice. One interesting bit of advice in the Bone Health chapter is to request that your health care provider do a height measurement each year. The author states that the menopausal transition is an ongoing process, and the book is organized in a manner to direct the consumer to the most helpful information on each topic through specific chapters, a comprehensive index, and recommended Web sites.
When warranted, detailed analysis of a subject is presented. On the subject of hormone therapy, Roush explains research studies in general, the results of two Women's Health Initiative studies, current recommendations, and items to consider when determining your benefit versus risk profile. In addition to thoroughly covering the subject of menopause, the author also includes subtopics related to menopause. For example, in the chapter on Sleep Disturbances, there is a section called Sleep: A Primer, which discusses the five stages of sleep and circadian rhythm.
Karen Roush has written the authoritative, well-researched and straightforward book that she herself was looking for as she faced menopause. This title is highly recommended for the consumer health library.
Reviewed by: Donna J. McCloskey, MLIS, AHIP, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville Health Information Center, Huntersville, North Carolina
Salzberg, Sharon. Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. Workman Publishing, 2010. 187p. CD. ISBN 978-0-7611-5925-4. $14.95
Salzberg, author of 13 additional books, CDs and courses about meditation, writes to the novice as well as the seasoned meditator inviting a new, refreshed view of the benefits of practicing meditation in a variety of forms. Her conversational approach and down-to-earth guidance makes meditation inviting, accessible and kind. The reader easily might be tempted put the book down at any point and start "non-doing." Yet as easy as it sounds in the author's words, the practice takes discipline and some courage.
How are happiness and meditation related? Salzberg suggests that a benefit of the mindfulness exercises can be found in simply cutting ourselves some slack, and "widening our comfort zone." The fruits of happiness and peace are realized over time as one finds acceptance in setbacks and the inevitable and normal changes which are part of human life.
Each chapter leads the student/reader through various and gentle applications of meditation and Salzburg offers a 28-day program to grow this daily practice. The book is filled with examples from the author's experiences, and those of her contemporaries and students. There is an excellent question and answer section at the end of each chapter that clearly reflects the challenges that many folks experience as they embark on this path.
The edition reviewed here is a proof. The final edition, that has now been published, includes a CD of 4 guided meditations. Salzberg's passion for sharing meditation (and thus a happier life) with the world, enlivens her words and gives hope to the searching reader. Recommended for all consumer health libraries.
Reviewed by: Jackie Davis, Health Librarian, Community Health Library at Cushman Wellness Center.
Sokolowski, Nancy, The Breast Cancer Companion. A Guide to the Newly Diagnosed. DemosHealth, 2011. 161 p. index. ISBN 978193203996 $16.95
The author of this book is a nationally recognized nurse with many years of experience as a breast health specialist. This book is intended to be a personal guide and companion through a diagnosis and treatment process for a woman new to breast cancer.
Essentially this book is a combination of simple breast cancer information, a glossary of breast cancer terms, advice on navigating the very complex environment of the American medical establishment and a series of uplifting and inspirational quotes and anecdotes.
Almost half of the 161 pages are blank in that they contain no information. These pages are to be used as medical appointment diaries, contact information records, drug records, financial and insurance claim records and personal journal pages. To use this book in such a way would make sense only if the book were purchased for a single patient's exclusive use.
The value of this book to a library might be in the use of the records pages as templates for information gathering. However for breast cancer information, there are better and more extensive books on the market which should be in your library. For about two dollars less you can purchase the newest edition of Dr. Susan Love's Breast book – or better yet buy three or four copies of it. Get a blank exercise book or use any one of a number of computer based organizers to keep track of your therapeutic cancer journey.
Reviewed by: Elyse Pike, Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, Canada
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