About this book
- Human-interest story possiblities: The complex doctor-patient relationship. End-of-life issues Medical certainty versus probability Abiku (Episode 16) set in Nigeria - the curse of childhood death The dog who saved his owners life (Episode 2) Life after stroke - those left behind Associations/Organizations: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association National Stroke Association Other Stroke Survivor and caregiver networks. American Academy of Neurology American
- A three-dimensional view of stroke from the perspective of the survivor, the caregiver, and the doctor
- Written in compelling prose within which has been woven a comprehensive garment of medical education
A woman recounts the horror of waking up paralyzed, unable to call for help.
A man has a mini-stroke and refuses to listen to his doctor, only to suffer
a disabling stroke soon after. A physician recalls watching a tiny baby in the
throws of a stroke, convulsing violently. A survivor rejoices after finally
crossing the street before the pedestrian lights change back.
Blending such highly personal and moving stories with crystal clear medical commentary based on first-hand clinical experience, Dr. Olajide Williams demystifies this potentially devastating illness and provides a roadmap to recovery. Indeed, Dr. Williams shows that the majority of strokes are not only preventable, but also treatable. Through compelling stories of patients, survivors and caregivers, woven together by easy-to-understand medical explanations, Dr. Williams provides practical tips on preventing strokes with specific lifestyle prescriptions, on recognizing the different forms of strokes, on managing symptoms after stroke, and on overcoming the psychological burden of stroke. He also reviews the new clot-busting treatments, which have dramatically improved the recovery rate of stroke victims.
Combining cutting-edge medicine with the gripping stories of patients, survivors, family members, and physicians, Stroke Diaries strikes a blow against the current public health crisis in stroke.
Readership: Primary audience: stroke survivors and their families Secondary audience: the general lay public Tertiary audience: medical professionals including physical and occupational therapy students, physician assistants, medical students, nurses and nursing students, public health professionals.
Olajide Williams, MD, Associate Director, Department of Neurology, Columbia University, The Affiliation at Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY