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Dr. Melissa Palmer's guide to hepatitis & liver disease : what you need to know
Palmer, Missy.
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Publication Information:
Garden City Park, N.Y. : Avery Pub. Group, [2000]

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xiii, 457 pages ; 23 cm
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RC848.H42 P34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC848.H42 P34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Naturally, anyone diagnosed with liver disease has questions and needs quality advice. In this text, Dr Melissa Palmer aims to cover everything a newly-diagnosed person may want to know: the tests he/she may have to undergo; the specific illnesses of the liver, including hepatitis C; the treatment options available; and necessary lifestyle changes.

Author Notes

Melissa Palmer, MD, is a hepatologist who maintains a private practice in Long Island, New York

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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
A Word About Genderp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Part I The Basics
1. A Little Background on the Liverp. 7
2. Signs, Symptoms, and Other Clues of a Liver Problemp. 15
3. Tests, Tests, Tests--Learning What You Need to Knowp. 25
4. Choosing the Right Doctorp. 35
5. What the Patient Should Know About Liver Biopsiesp. 51
6. A Look at Cirrhosisp. 59
Part II Understanding and Treating Viral Hepatitis
7. An Overall Look at Hepatitisp. 71
8. Understanding and Treating Hepatitis Ap. 83
9. Understanding Hepatitis B and Dp. 93
10. Understanding Hepatitis Cp. 107
11. Treating Chronie Viral Hepatitis--An Overviewp. 133
12. Treating Hepatitis B and Dp. 147
13. Treating Hepatitis Cp. 159
Part III Understanding and Treating Other Liver Diseases
14. Autoimmune Hepatitisp. 179
15. Primary Biliary Cirrhosisp. 197
16. Fatty Liver and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitisp. 213
17. Alcohol and the Liver, and Alcoholic Liver Diseasep. 223
18. Hemochromatosis and Other Diseases of Iron Overloadp. 241
19. Benign and Malignant Liver Tumorsp. 253
Part IV Treatment Options and Lifestyle Changes
20. Treatment of Common Symptoms and Complicationsp. 277
21. Herbs and Other Alternative Therapiesp. 291
22. Liver Transplantationp. 313
23. Diet, Nutrition, and Exercisep. 335
24. Pregnancy, Sex, Medications, and Preventionp. 367
Conclusionp. 391
Appendix Resource Groups and Internet Websitesp. 393
Glossaryp. 397
Bibliographyp. 415
About the Authorp. 441
Indexp. 443