Author is a leading clinician who treats many patients with lupus
This is the only book with the formal endorsement of the Lupus Foundation
Contains the newest therapies for lupus
Appendix of lupus resource materials compiled by the Lupus Foundation of America
Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients yearly. 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.
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