This book has been written for those newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It is a guide to learning about the disease, its potential impact on your life, and the medical treatments now available for managing it successfully. This is a time of great excitement in research and advances in clinical management, such that most people who have multiple sclerosis can lead full and productive lives.
This fourth edition is current and updated throughout, and includes a review of the controversy surrounding CCVSI and multiple sclerosis, discussion of the new pill Gelenya and other drugs in development for multiple sclerosis, new information on the drug Tysabri, and discussion of treatments and complementary and alternative medicine in MS. This the place to begin your education about MS.
"This is an excellent book, which presents all the facts in a straightforward but sympathetic way. Full of practical advice covering all life topics, areas that are often neglected by busy physicians. It is highly recommended to all those whose lives have been affected by this disease."
-Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
"A 'must-have' title for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with MS-and a good idea for family members and friends."
"...filled with very good advice...Physicians can recommend this book to inquiring patients with a high degree of confidence."
"...Thoughtfully presented, usefully formatted, and informatively recommended guide for the non-specialist general reader."
"Instead of falling into the trap of bombarding the reader with negativity, this [book] instead places great emphasis on how to maintain a positive attitude and live with the condition. It's a 'refreshing change' this is a book for the thinking person wanting a comprehensive and reasonably detailed view of where MS is at the present time a must-have for anyone wanting answers and education about MS."
-MS in Focus"
- What is Multiple Sclerosis and How is it Diagnosed?
- What is the Cause of Multiple Sclerosis?
- What Treatment is Available?
- Unconventional Therapies
- Practical Guidelines for Living with Multiple Sclerosis
- Coping with Multiple Sclerosis
- Employment Issues
- Financial and Life Planning
- Research in Multiple Sclerosis: The Search for Answers
- Searching for Treatments: The "Ins and Outs" of Clinical Trials
- How Your Multiple Sclerosis Society Can Help
- Additional Readings
About the Authors
T. Jock Murray is Professor of Medical Humanities at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and Director of the Dalhousie MS program. He has served as an officer in numerous Canadian and U.S. medical organizations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Neilson Award from the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine for contributions to medical history. He was awarded the Canada 125th Anniversary Medal and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Carol Saunders, has been an MS nurse for the past 25 years, 23 of them spent working at Neurology Center of Fairfax, VA. She has been a member of the Consortium of MS Centers since 1990, a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 1993, and a member of the International Organization of MS Nurses since it's beginning in 1997. She is a co-founder of the Greater Washington, DC area consortium of MS Nurses, has served on the Professional Advisory Committee and the Chapter Services Committee of the National Capital Area Chapter of the National MS Society and won the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008. She is the author of the Demos Health book What Nurses Know Multiple Sclerosis.
Nancy Holland was the vice president of the Professional Resource Center and Clinical Programs Department at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and a doctorate in higher and adult education. Dr. Holland is author/editor of more than 60 MS-related articles, books and chapters. She as also on the board of the International Organization of MS Nurses (IOMSN).