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Understanding hepatitis
Achord, James L.
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Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2002]

Physical Description:
ix, 132 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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Includes index.

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Hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, has many causes, including several viruses, a host of chemicals and drugs, bacteria, diseases of the immune system, inherited factors, and herbs.For most of the population hepatitis refers to a disease caused by viruses, and viral hepatitis is the major concern of this book. However many of the non-viral types also are mentioned.Every year, about 140,000 new cases of hepatitis A occur in the United States, and perhaps over a million around the world. Because some who are infected do not become ill, the statistics are perhaps ten times greater than the number recognized. Fortunately, this strain is not chronic (defined as disease that lasts longer than six months). Hepatitis B infects about 1,250,000 in the U.S. and about 350,000,000 worldwide. Hepatitis C, unique in many ways and virtually always chronic, has produced some 4,000,000 cases in the U.S. About 1.6 percent of the population has been infected at some time, and at least seventy-five percent in this group retain the live virus in their blood. A fourth virus, hepatitis D, is uncommon in the United States.Because viral hepatitis sometimes has serious acute and chronic consequences, reference to it often tends to raise unreasonable fears of death or disability. However, the majority who become infected suffer few complications or long-term effects. The infection rate has decreased dramatically in recent years.In comprehensible terms Understanding Hepatitis furnishes the reader with a better grasp of the disease. Featured in this book are a historical overview, a discussion of symptoms and treatment, and a report on current research. This information not only debunks fearfulmyths but also provides helpful particulars on how to avoid the risks for contracting hepatitis.

Author Notes

James L. Achord, M.D., a professor emeritus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has published articles in Conn's Current Therapy, Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Pearls of Wisdom, and Clinical Medicine

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Achord examines the four main varieties--A, B, C, and D--of a disease that affects millions throughout the world. After describing the anatomy and physiology of the liver, he delves into hepatitis' causes, the signs and symptoms of its acute and chronic forms, and its possible complications. His section on prevention contains practical suggestions, such as making sure to tell one's doctor about any drugs one is taking or using (alcohol is one of the most dangerous), because several types of hepatitis can be caused by individual drugs or drug combinations. Achord's discussion concludes with an informative and upbeat account of research in the pipeline, followed by a short list of sources of further information and a glossary of the confusing terminology in the field of hepatic disease. Another excellent entry in a first-rate series. William Beatty.

Choice Review

Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, has infected people since ancient times and is caused mainly by viruses but also by chemicals, drugs, bacteria, unsanitary conditions, immune system diseases, and inherited factors. Hepatitis infects approximately 350 million people worldwide. Achord (emer., Univ. of Mississippi Medical Center) discusses primarily viral hepatitis such as acute hepatitis A; chronic hepatitis C, which lasts longer than six months; and hepatitis B (mostly chronic). The book is divided into seven sections: the liver and hepatitis; symptoms and complications of acute and chronic viral hepatitis; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; hepatitis C; other viruses and nonviral causes of hepatitis; and current research. The reader will appreciate the discussion of hepatitis symptoms and complications such as bleeding, acute liver failure, jaundice, edema, cirrhosis of the liver, and liver cancer. Also informative is the section on current research, which considers genetic engineering, prevention, new drug treatments, and liver-cell transplants. The appendix provides sources for material on hepatitis organizations, online services, and assistance programs. The book's all-encompassing and easy-to-read format helps readers better understand the scope of the disease. All levels. H. S. Pitkow emeritus, Temple University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1. The Liver and Hepatitisp. 1
2. What Happens When You Have Hepatitis?p. 17
3. Hepatitis Ap. 34
4. Hepatitis Bp. 48
5. Hepatitis Cp. 65
6. Other Viruses and Nonviral Causes of Hepatitisp. 82
7. Current Researchp. 110
Appendixp. 121
Glossaryp. 123
Indexp. 129