Lupus Book Review
The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) by Donald E. Thomas, Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, was recently released. Within the astounding 43 chapters is an in-depth and exhaustive discussion of the many facets of lupus. This book is for lupus patients, but is not a quick read, but between two covers holds a broad library of balanced lupus topics that are worthy of investing some time and study.
There is so much in this book, but where should you start? Begin in the Preface, where Dr. Thomas sets forth seven specific steps a lupus patient may use right away to get the greatest benefits from his book:
- Go to the 3 page Lupus Secrets Checklist in Chapter 44
- Read the listed specific chapters Dr. Thomas recommends reading next
- Get a copy of your medical records, notes, labs, x-rays, etc.
- Skim interesting chapters to find and go back to spend more time on ones that apply most to you
- Consult the Patient Resources at the end of the book
- Visit Dr. Thomas’ Facebook page and follow him on Twitter for current lupus news
- Consider sending an email to Dr. Thomas with suggestions for future editions
After ferreting out reliable lupus information for more than twenty years since my diagnosis in the early 1990s, it really seemed there were few sources of fresh information about Lupus, without going to books and references written for the medical community. This book provides an understandable reference resource appropriate for patients. Happily, there is great depth and much to learn from reading and referring to this important book!
Dr. Thomas clearly demonstrates his broad understanding of Lupus, and this book should stand the test of time as one of the great books about this complex auto-immune disease. The first printing of this exhaustive patient reference initially sold out in both hard and soft cover edition at a reduced price through Amazon.com but a few more copies are now available, and more are on the way. It is also sold at BarnesandNoble.com in both cover styles and as a Nook e-book at the lowest price I have seen online so far. If other sources are out of stock and you don’t mind paying full list price, purchase it direct from the publisher’s website at John Hopkin’s University Press.
I heartily recommend The Lupus Encyclopedia, and urge you to check it out, too.