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The lupus book : a guide for patients and their families
Wallace, Daniel J. (Daniel Jeffrey), 1949-
Revised and expanded edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

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xii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on lupus, the co-author of the leading textbook, and an eminent clinician who has treated over 2000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, published in 1995, was the first book written by aleading authority specifically for patients. It immediately established itself as the most readable and helpful book on the disease. Now Dr. Wallace has completely revised The Lupus Book, incorporating a wealth of new information. This revised and expanded edition discusses the newest breakthroughs in drug treatments as well as the most recent discoveries in cellular, genetic, and immunological research--all laid out inuser-friendly language that any patient could understand. Readers will discover 10 new blood tests your doctor can do, over 30 new drugs introduced since 1995, an extensive table of herbs that can be used for the disorder, and a large section on cognitive therapy and biofeedback. There are newsections on topics such as cell signaling, lupus susceptibility genes, selective cox-2 inhibitors, newer immunosuppressive therapies, and osteoporosis. And as in the first edition, 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 listing lupus resource materials. Over a million Americans have lupus and some tens of thousands of patients die every year from the disease. The new 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 happierlife.

Author Notes

Daniel J. Wallace, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and past Clinical Chief of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Continuing with his quest for physical and emotional health, Deepak Chopra (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind) zeroes in on common intestinal disorders in Perfect Digestion: The Key to Balanced Living, due in October from Harmony. Digestion plays a central role in our lives, says Chopra, turning to Ayurveda, the traditional Indian science of health, for greater understanding of the mind-body connection. Explaining how the gastrointestinal tract works when it's healthy, he offers suggestions for restoring it to health when ideal functioning is lost through imbalance or disease. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections. ($15 128p ISBN 0-517-79975-8) An autoimmune disorder that often defies diagnosis and to date has defied a cure is closely considered in Dr. Daniel J. Wallace's The Lupus Book, an October title from Oxford University Press. Describing the mechanism of the disease and putting therapies into perspective, Wallace, an L.A.-based specialist in lupus, blends clinical information with practical advice. ($25 256p ISBN 0-19-508443-8) In The Race Is Run One Step at a Time: Every Woman's Guide to Taking Charge of Breast Cancer, a September title from the Summit Group, Nancy Brinker addresses the reader in personal terms. Having lost her sister to breast cancer and waged her own successful battle with the disease, she describes the devastating course of her sister's disease and discusses the importance of early detection, care and preventative measures. This revision is updated from a 1990 edition to incorporate information about the latest technologies and statistics. ($13.95 paper, 224p ISBN 1-56530-182-X) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In this updated fifth edition, Wallace (medicine, David Geffen Sch. of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; The New Sjogren's Syndrome Handbook) discusses new drugs to treat lupus as well as recently discovered information about the pathology of the disease. Wallace's goal is to increase awareness and so encourage earlier diagnoses, since lupus is difficult to diagnose, and patients may have the condition for years before it is identified. The book begins with an overview and a brief history of lupus as well as its possible causes. Wallace also provides a background on inflammation and immunity as they relate to the disease. Several chapters outline the many different ways lupus can affect the body. The book includes tables and figures throughout plus a glossary of terms and a list of resources at the end. VERDICT Though the target audience is general, this book's reliance on technical jargon demands a lot from readers. Patients and their family members who seek more detail than most consumer-level books and online patient information will find this a beneficial resource.-Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr., Virginia Community Univ Libs., Richmond (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Due to the overwhelming response to his first edition (CH, May'96), Wallace (UCLA) revised and expanded his book with additional material on apoptosis, cell signaling, lupus susceptibility genes, lupus clusters, undifferentiated connective tissue diseases, selective cox-2 inhibitors, topical nonsteroidals, the use of herbs, modern immunosuppressive therapies, and osteoporosis. Relying on his vast experience with the largest lupus clinical practice in the US, Wallace writes in lay terms for the many lupus patients who lack an understanding of their disease and its potentially debilitating symptoms. The book is divided into five sections: introduction and definitions, inflammation and immunity, what causes lupus, where and how the body can be affected by lupus, and the management of lupus erythematosus. As in the first edition, the etiology of the disease, its mechanistic effects on various body organs, its most common symptoms, and its treatments are discussed so that patients and their families, including health care providers, have a current and detailed understanding. The first to write in lay language about lupus, Wallace has made a truly significant contribution, since nearly one million people suffer from the disease in the US, more than from leukemia, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy combined. All levels. H. S. Pitkow; Temple University

Table of Contents

Henrietta Aladjem
Forewordp. vii
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Editionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xi
Part I Introduction and Definitions
1. Why Write a Book on Lupus?p. 3
2. What Is Lupus?p. 5
3. The History of Lupusp. 9
4. Who Gets Lupus?p. 11
Part II Inflammation and Immunity
5. The Body's Protection Planp. 17
6. The Enemy Is Our Cellsp. 25
Part III What Causes Lupus?
7. The Genetic Connectionp. 37
8. Environmental Villainsp. 41
9. Drugs That May Cause Lupus or Produce Flareupsp. 46
Part IV Where and How Can the Body Be Affected by Lupus?
10. History, Symptoms, and Signsp. 55
11. Must We Draw Blood?p. 61
12. Reactions of the Skin: Rashes and Discoid Lupusp. 65
13. Why the Aches? Arthritis, Muscles, and Bonep. 74
14. Pants and Pulses: The Lungs and Heartp. 81
15. Heady Connections: The Nervous System and Behavioral Changesp. 99
16. The Head, Neck, and Sjogren's Syndromep. 116
17. What about Hormones?p. 122
18. The Impact of Lupus upon the GI Tract and Liverp. 128
19. Lupus in the Kidney and Urinary Tractp. 139
20. The Blood and Lymphatic Systemsp. 147
21. Why Do Blood Clots Develop?p. 154
22. Lupus Through the Ages: Lupus in Children and the Elderlyp. 160
23. Is It Really Lupus?p. 165
Part V The Management of Lupus Erythematosus
24. How to Treat Lupus with Physical Measuresp. 177
25. You Can Help Conquer Lupusp. 188
26. Taming Inflammation: Anti-inflammatory Therapiesp. 200
27. Big Guns and Magic Bullets: Disease-Modifying Drugsp. 207
28. Other Options: Treatments Occasionally Used to Manage Lupusp. 222
29. Fighting Infections, Allergies, and Osteoporosisp. 229
30. Can a Woman with Lupus Have a Baby?p. 236
31. What's the Prognosis?p. 245
32. Lupus in 2015: A Medical Odysseyp. 249
Glossaryp. 253
Appendix Lupus Resource Materialsp. 259
Indexp. 263