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Success With Heart Failure: Help and Hope for Those With Congestive Heart Failure Success With Heart Failure: Help and Hope for Those With Congestive Heart Failure
Marc A. Silver, Md.
October 1998

Now available in a new and updated paperback edition, this book is a great guide for one of America's major health problems, and helps even more of five million Americans who suffer from it.
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Courage and Information for Life with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Courage and Information for Life with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Rick Carter, Brooke Nicotra, Jo-Von Tucker, Thomas Petty
October 1999

The Handbook for Patients, Families, and Care Givers Managing COPD (Emphysema, Asthmatic or Chronic Bronchitis)

Text for consumers covering tips, information and details of daily living with COPD. Chapters include a dialogue between physician and patient, frequently asked questions, you and your doctors, breathing and COPD, treatment, supplemental oxygen, smoking, sleep and sex, exercise and nutrition, severe disease and treatment, surgery, and more. Softcover.
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Written from the patient's perspective, I have opened my heart and soul to all individuals with lung disease. It is my hope that what I have shared will bring much-needed help and encouragement to people suffering from this chronic illness.
--Review by Jo-Von Tucker, author

You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management
Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Roizen
October 2006

For the first time in our history, scientists are uncovering astounding medical evidence about dieting--and why so many of us struggle with our weight and the size of our waists. Now researchers are unraveling biological secrets about such things as why you crave chocolate or gorge at buffets or store so much fat. (More information on
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The No-Salt Cookbook: Reduce or Eliminate Salt Without Sacrificing Flavor The No-Salt Cookbook: Reduce or Eliminate Salt Without Sacrificing Flavor
David C. Anderson, Thomas D. Anderson
September 2001

If you suffer from high blood pressure, Meniere's syndrome, or are simply looking to eat more healthily, THE NO-SALT COOKBOOK provides low-salt recipes that are quick, easy, and taste great. As anyone on a low-sodium diet knows, it is difficult to prepare flavorful food without salt. Authors David C. Anderson and Thomas D. Anderson help you tackle this no salt/no flavor dilemma with gusto. Providing more than 200 tasty salt-free recipes - in addition to salt-free shopping tips, information on counting milligrams, and no-salt cooking essentials - this combination cookbook/health book will help you lead a more healthy, active lifestyle without radically changing your diet. From breakfast to appetizers, entrees, and desserts, learn to prepare such wonderful dishes as: Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Cold Cucumber Soup, Salmon in Basil Butter Sauce, White Wine Braised Chicken, Veal Scaloppine, The Best Brownies, and much more!
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The American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook The American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook
American Heart Association, Mary Winston (Contributor)
May 2001

America's most trusted authority on heart-healthy eating presents its classic low-salt cookbook, revised and expanded with 50 brand-new recipes.

Millions of health-conscious Americans want to reduce their sodium intake, and the American Heart Association offers a delicious way to do just that. Encompassing everything from appetizers and soups to entr
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Cooking Without a Grain of Salt Cooking Without a Grain of Salt
Elma W. Bagg, et al
December 1998

Putting down the saltshaker is just the first step....
Experts agree that a low-sodium diet can decrease the risk of heart disease, migraines, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

But to significantly reduce the salt in your diet, you must learn how to spot the hidden sodium in frozen foods, canned goods, and popular recipes.

Fully revised and updated using the latest medical research, Cooking Without a Grain of Salt is a nutrition guide and cookbook all in one. It's filled with useful tips on how to limit sodium without sacrificing flavor--as well as savory recipes that will help you put your healthy, low-salt lifestyle into action.

From Stuffed Mushrooms and Double Corn Biscuits to Pork Medallions in Pesto, Grilled Tuna with Salsa, and Pasta Primavera, Cooking Without a Grain of Salt lets you enjoy all the dishes you love while forming healthy eating habits for years to come.
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Get the Salt Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Salt Out of Any Diet Get the Salt Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Salt Out of Any Diet
Ann Louise Gittleman
January 1997

In this day and age, when fat is blamed for all our health problems, it's often easy to forget that salt can also be a dietary culprit. While salt is necessary for both bodily and cellular function, and is certainly crucial to the satisfying taste of some of our favorite foods, recent research shows that its excess consumption can also lead to hypertension, strokes, and a variety of cardiovascular problems.

In Get the Salt Out, nationally recognized nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman reveals 501 ways to avoid excess salt intake by serving a variety of delicious low-sodium foods, taking advantage of tasty salt substitutes and steering clear of many surprising hidden sources of salt. She provides more than fifty delicious recipes for low-sodium foods, which will add healthful new staples to the diet of anyone who wants to "get the salt out."
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Doctor / Patient Relationships
How Doctors Think How Doctors Think
Jerome Groopman
March 2007

On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing his symptoms within twelve seconds, in that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong-with catastrophic consequences. In this mythshattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Groopman explores why doctors err, and shows when and how they can--with our help-avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that call profoundly impact our health. A doctor's specialty, the technology he relies on, his age and his emotional state can all produce different sorts of mistakes, and few doctors are trained to think about how they think-to recognize when their cognition is going astray. This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking, offering direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track. In unraveling the sources of faulty diagnosis and treatment, Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country's best doctors and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. He has learned many of the lessons in this book the hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems. How Doctors Think reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice. giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together.

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Dr. Jerome Groopman, a staff writer at The New Yorker, has written a book about how doctors make decisions regarding their patients. Groopman is chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and teaches at Harvard Medic
--Review by PHCentral

Bedside Manners: One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters Between Patient and Healer Bedside Manners: One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters Between Patient and Healer
David Md Watts
February 2005

One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters Between Patient and Healer, gastroenterologist for 25 years.

Listen to an NPR Interview with Dr. Watts.
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Complications – A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Complications – A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Dr. Atul Gavande
April 2003


Dr. Gavande takes the reader inside the mind and the world of a surgeon. This book is a fascinating read about surgery, medical ethics and the field in general which he describes as "an imperfect science". Dr. Gawande tells us that it’s prudent to choose a doctor with lots of experience in treating the disease you have or in performing the procedure you will undergo. Practice does make "perfect". His blunt admission that doctors do not allow trainees near their wives or children is yet another reminder in how the world works and how uneven the playing field.

--Review by PHCentral
Can I Exercise Sitting Down? Can I Exercise Sitting Down?
Renee Wiggins
July 2006

After a long, hard day at the office, who wants to go to the gym and be intimated by an overzealous trainer? Author and fitness professional Renee Wiggins offers a simple thirty-day workout plan you can do from the comfort of your favorite chair.
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Sit Down & Tone Up Sit Down & Tone Up
Starring: Jodi Stolove
June 1997


PH patients need to exercise, too. Chair exercises can help. They're easy and fun to do, and can be adjusted to fit your needs.
--Review by PHCentral

Dispensing With the Truth : The Victims, the Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story Behind the Battle over Fen-Phen Dispensing With the Truth : The Victims, the Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story Behind the Battle over Fen-Phen
Alicia Mundy
May 2001

Mary Linnen, 29, was determined to lose 25 pounds before her wedding. In May 1996, her doctor prescribed a combination of drugs known as Fen-Phen. When Linnen complained of dizziness and shortness of breath 23 days after starting the medications, her doctor told her to stop the drugs--but didn't examine her or order tests. Linnen got better for a time, then the shortness of breath and exhaustion returned worse than ever. Her legs and stomach swelled. She collapsed at work. Six months after taking Fen-Phen, Linnen was admitted to the emergency room with primary pulmonary hypertension: the capillaries that sent oxygen to her lungs had thickened and were closing, suffocating her. Her survival expectation after heart surgery was less than four years. Hooked up to a tube in her chest to prevent heart failure, she died three months later.
Dispensing with the Truth: The Battle over Fen-Phen tells the story of the legal battle against the pharmaceutical companies after Fen-Phen's users started dying--some, like Linnen, of primary pulmonary hypertension; others of heart valve damage. Investigative reporter Alicia Mundy weaves a dramatic tale from the development of the drugs to FDA approval to the final litigation. How much did the pharmaceutical companies know about the risks long before most of the deaths? Plenty, according to the evidence Mundy reveals. Although at times the book seems overfilled with details that slow down the drama, if you want the complete, behind-the-scenes story of one of the most famous "profits over protection" cases, this book tells all.
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Internet Resources
Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites
Ian K. Smith
October 2001

The amount of medical information available on the Internet is mindboggling, if not mind-numbing. And what do you find once you wade into these cyberwaters is often so contradictory, confusing, or suspect that it is easy to feel more addled than assisted by the plethora of articles, advertising, and medical reports. Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites bring order to this chaos. As medical correspondent on NBC's Today show and a regular columnist for Time, Dr. Smith hears from many people with medical questions. In addition to personally addressing their concerns, he constantly researches medical websites that provide further explanation. This guide reflects Dr. Smith's selections of the top general medical sites as well as the best sites in every medical specialty. Each site listing includes a short summary and ratings that take into account, among other things:

-links and navigability
-sources of content
-frequency of site updates

Now you no longer have to become an Internet search expert to find the information you need in caring for your health and that of those you love.
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Healthcare Online for Dummies Healthcare Online for Dummies
Howard Wolinsky, Judi Wolinsky
June 2001

More people than ever are going online to look for health information. According to Harris Interactive, 100 million Americans went online last year to look for information and support on specific medical conditions, research symptoms, check out specific drugs, and so forth. That's up from 70 million in 1999.
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Making Informed Medical Decisions: Where to Look and How to Use What You Find Making Informed Medical Decisions: Where to Look and How to Use What You Find
Nancy Oster, Lucy Thomas, Darol Joseff, Susan Love
July 2000

Nancy Oster (a medical writer), Lucy Thomas (a medical librarian), and Dr. Darol Joseff (a physician) teach an adult-education course on finding health-related information on the Internet, and this book arose from their students' requests for more in-depth techniques and strategies to uncloak their own medical mysteries.

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Internet Medical & Health, Searching & Sources Guidebook Internet Medical & Health, Searching & Sources Guidebook
Colleen Lindell, William R., Md. Hersh
April 2000

A pocket-sized, third edition handy reference guide with nearly three thousand categorized medical-health websites reviewed and screened prior to publication. Chapters include: The quality of information on the WWW, Search methods, Search strategies, Medline & the NLM, Internet tips, Email, Net Etiquette, Comprehensive medical/health websites, Topic specific medical/health websites, State/Internation websites, Terms/Definitions, Index. The CDROM contains direct hyperlinks to all websites via word 6.0 formatting.

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This is the 4th edition and I buy it every year. It's very resourceful and saves much time from trips to the library. Very thorough and credible in the quality of links. The tiny cd travels lightly in my planner, as well. -- This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition

--Review by A reader from Michigan
The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families
Daniel J. Wallace
February 2000


In the only book for non-specialists endorsed by The Lupus Foundation of America, a world-renowned expert on lupus explains what the disease is, why it is so difficult to diagnose, and how patients can ease their suffering.
--Review by Oxford Universal Press Synopsis

The Challenges of Lupus: Insights & Hope The Challenges of Lupus: Insights & Hope
Henrietta Aladjem
April 1999

Much-needed information and inspiration for the millions who suffer from this debilitating disease.
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Lupus: Everything You Need to Know Lupus: Everything You Need to Know
Robert G. Lahita, Robert H. Phillips
April 1998


As a newly diagnosed SLE patient, this book answered so many questions I had plus some I hadn't even thought of yet. It is an excellent source of information. It was also helpful for family members to read and aid in their understanding of my disease.
--Review by A reader from Woodbury, MN USA

Coping With PAH with Prednisone Coping With PAH with Prednisone
Eugenia Zukerman, Julie R. Ingelfinger
August 1998

Approximately one million Americans per year take high doses of prednisone and related drugs (glucocorticoids) to treat serious illnesses and conditions ranging from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis to kidney disease to organ transplantation. Wile these medicines may have unpleasant, even devastating side effects, including gastrointestinal problems, intense mood swings, changes in hair and skin, and increased susceptibility to infection, they may also be the only treatment available for serious or life-threatening illnesses.

When the world-renowned flutist Eugenia Zuckerman was prescribed prednisone to combat a rare lung disease, she teamed up with her sister, Julie R. Ingelfinger, a well-known specialist in pediatric nephrology and hypertension at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, to write the first ever, comprehensive guide for patients undergoing this difficult treatment.

Packed with everything your doctor didn't have time to tell you, including recipes, exercises, and tips based on personal experience, Coping with Prednisone is an invaluable handbook for health-care workers, caregivers, and especially for patients themselves.
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I wish this book had been available in 1990, when I had a heart transplant; it would have saved me countless hours of anguish and concern...I will place this valuable book next to the dictionary and the encylopedia-books that I refer to all the time.
--Review by Samuel Sanders, concert pianist and chamber musician

Patient Advocacy
The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
Atul Gawande
February 2010

If you like to read books written by physicians about their practices, hear stories about their patients, their successes and their failures, then you’ll probably enjoy the books written by this author.   Atul Gawande is an American born journalist and physician in Boston.  He has written a number of books and is a regular owner to The New Yorker and Slate.

In his latest book, Dr. Gawande tells us how by using a simple checklist before and after surgery, he has saved lives.  Admitting to having been reluctant to adopt such a simple measure initially, Dr. Gawande is now a big advocate of this simple two minute procedure.  Even so, only about 25% of hospitals have adopted checklists even though evidence shows a clear and measurable correlation between adoption of the checklist method and a reduction in infection rates and post-surgical complications.  Read More.


Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer
Shannon Brownlee
September 2007

Overtreated, a new book by the award winning health and medicine writer Shannon Brownlee, argues that we live with a false sense of security when it comes to our healthcare. She believes we are spending too much on unnecessary tests, drugs and procedures? She tells us that more is not more. If fact more is less in many cases. If you want a fresh perspective on how our healthcare system in the U.S. might be improved, you'll want to read this one.
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Contrary to Americans' common belief that in health care more is more-that more spending, drugs and technology means better care-this lucid report posits that less is actually better. Medical journalist Brownlee acknowledges that state-of-the-art medicine
--Review by Publishers Weekly

YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment
Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz
February 2006

Everyone needs to become a smart patient. In fact, in the worst cases, your life may even depend on it. Number one bestselling authors and doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz have written this indispensable handbook to help everyone to get the best health care possible -- by making everyone into their own medical detective. (Click the Book Title to learn more)
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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Pulmonary Hypertension Pulmonary Hypertension
Alfred P. Fishman M.D.
August 1999


Filled with practical advice on managing patients with lung disease, Pulmonary Diseases is the ideal resource for busy clinicians. This reader-friedly guide summarizes the most recent findings in applied research for you to use immediately in diagnosis an
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Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
Lewis J. Rubin (Editor), Stuart Rich (Editor)
November 1996


Detailing state-of-the-art developments in the various aspects of primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), this practical reference explores the history, most current scientific concepts, and treatments of this disease. Includes new advances not yet formally
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Physicians' Desk Reference 2000 (Physicians Desk Reference, 54th Ed) Physicians' Desk Reference 2000 (Physicians Desk Reference, 54th Ed)
Medical Issues Economics (Editor)
November 1999

The "1999 PDR" guarantees you the security and safety of having up-to-minute official FDA-approved information on over 4,000 prescription drugs and important data on more than 250 drug manufacturers. New medicines, new drug interaction data, the most recent side effects findings, and certain drugs now removed from the market are all covered. --This text refers to the library binding edition of this title.
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The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (17th Ed) The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (17th Ed)
Mark H. Beers (Editor), et al
March 1999

Allegheny Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Brandon/Hill Medical List selection (#114). Centennial edition of the classic reference for physicians, residents, and nurses. Contains diagnosis and treatment of common clinical disorders, arranged by organ system, etiology, or specialty. Robert Berkow was author of previous edition: c1989. Includes copy of first edition.
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How We Live How We Live
Sherwin B. Nuland
May 1998


Each chapter of How We Live focuses on a different biological function, from the work of the lymph nodes to the process of pregnancy and birth. The heart, the nervous and digestive systems, the sex organs, and the brain are all explored and commented on w
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The Scleroderma Book : A Guide for Patients and Families The Scleroderma Book : A Guide for Patients and Families
Maureen D. Mayes
May 1999


One of the nation's leading authorities on scleroderma--an auto-immune disease in the Lupus family--provides the first comprehensive guide to the disease written especially for patients and their families.
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Scleroderma: A New Role For Patients and Families Scleroderma: A New Role For Patients and Families
Michael Brown
May 1999

Scleroderma is a highly individualized disease. Medical issues and treatments can vary greatly from one patient to another. Yet all patients must face a remarkably similar range of non-medical issues, such as: Determining their role as a patient; How to find the right doctor; Understanding insurance issues; Pros and cons of alternative medicine; and Family & caregiving issues.

The purpose of this book is to reduce the time and energy spent learning about these issues so that the patient can get on with what truly matters: Making the most of their medical choices.
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Systemic Sclerosis Systemic Sclerosis
Philip J. Clements (Editor), Daniel E. Furst (Editor)
January 1996

University of California, Los Angeles. Reference on the background, pathogenesis, manifestations, and therapy of systemic sclerosis, for clinical and academic rheumatologists. Includes controlled trials, supportive care, occupational and physical therapy. Color plates and halftone illustrations.
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Sleep Apnea
Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Sleep Well, Feel Better Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Sleep Well, Feel Better
Ralph, Md Pascualy, Sally Warren Soest, Ralph A. Pascualy, Ralph, A. Pascualy M.D.
July 2000

Snoring is no joke! Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea, a potentially fatal sleep disorder that affects approximately 20 million Americans. It is associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and premature death, and is a common cause of driving accidents, yet it frequently goes undiagnosed. Snoring and Sleep Apnea is for people who have -or suspect that they have-sleep apnea. It is also written for their bed partners, families, and friends, and for health care professionals involved in sleep apnea management. The book provides answers to key questions, written in easy-to-understand terms, as well as the pros and cons of specific treatments. This extensively revised and updated third edition includes information on new surgical techniques, the treatment of children with snoring and sleep apnea problems, and new oral appliances for relief of snoring and sleep apnea. Of the millions of Americans who suffer sleep disorders, and a significant portion of them are affected seriously enough to seek information.
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No More Snoring : A Proven Program for Conquering Snoring and Sleep Apnea No More Snoring : A Proven Program for Conquering Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Victor Hoffstein, Shirley Linde
December 1998

Help for the 40 million Americans--and their bedmates--who suffer from chronic snoring. Habitual snoring not only causes sleepless nights, but can also be the source of mysterious daytime fatigue or a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious and potentially life-threatening breathing disorder. In this comprehensive resource, one of the world's leading experts on snoring along with a well-known science writer help readers identify the possible causes of their snoring problem--and then guide them to the most appropriate treatments. Covers all the latest medical treatments, effective home remedies, and simple laser and ultrasound surgery techniques. VICTOR HOFFSTEIN, MD, PhD (Toronto, Ontario) heads the Division of Respirology and the Center for Sleep and Chronobiology at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He has published over 150 professional articles and frequently appears on radio and television. SHIRLEY LINDE, PhD (Tierra Verde, Florida) is a medical writer and co-author of a number of best-selling books, including No More Sleepless Nights (Wiley), which sold 80,000 copies in two editions, and Dr. Atkins' SuperEnergy Diet.
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Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You . . . That You Need to Know Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You . . . That You Need to Know
Mary J. Shomon
March 2000


As many as one in eight women have a thyroid condition. In Living Well with Hypothyroidism, Mary Shomon outlines the most common of these--too little thyroid hormones in the body. Weight gain, depression, fatigue, and what patients call "brain fog, Brillo
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Sick Girl Sick Girl
Amy Silverstein
October 2008

Sick Girl's unflinching honesty enters territory unexplored in many sickness memoirs; the emotional and psychological impacts of illness. Although at times tending towards a bleak, and self-pitying tone, Sick Girl is also sharply observant, and tinged with a wholesome dash of realism. The keenly questioning nature of Silverstein's book, responsible for no little amount of controversy on its 2007 release, makes for confronting and ultimately inspiring reading.

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Organ Transplants: Making the Most of Your Gift of Life Organ Transplants: Making the Most of Your Gift of Life
Robert Finn, Reg Green, Linda Lamb (Editor)
February 2000

Organ Transplants: Making the Most of Your Gift of Life describes:

- Deciding whether to have a transplant and choosing a transplant team
- The importance of the screening interview
- What factors go into determining a match, and what to do while waiting
- Detailed information on heart and lung, liver, kidney and pancreas, and other transplants
- Anti-rejection drugs and living with a transplant
- Emotional responses and support
- Specific situations such as living donors, transplants in children, meeting the donor family, etc.
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