Title: Arthritis and you
Author: Naheed Ali MD
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield
Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust
What was it like?
Ali’s book presents a comprehensive overview of arthritis, considering its causes and the symptoms giving rise to arthritis. The author gives their reader a biological overview of bone and joint health along with the historical significance of arthritis. This is followed up with a lesson in the anatomical and pathological approaches to how we can study and understand arthritis. Ali proceeds to give an insight into some of the various types of arthritis ranging from osteoarthritis to septic and reactive arthritis. Discussion expands to explore related manifestations and clinical symptoms with brief introductions explaining the difference between a disease and a syndrome. This is vital to appreciate this section, which explores the connective elements between arthritis and numerous clinical syndromes. Finally there is a movement towards discussing when it is vital to seek medical intervention, pharmacological, alternative treatment and surgical options, the impact on mental health and how to manage arthritis at home.
What were the highlights?
The highlights in this book were the sections providing information concerning the various types of arthritis and also the sections outlining some of the traditional and non traditional treatment options available.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strengths of this book is its ability to provide the reader with a broad range of information about arthritis, while engaging a broad readership. Although not specifically a weakness the disadvantage of this book is the section focusing on providing details of research and training centres only giving ones based around US and Canada. Otherwise all the information provided can be utilised worldwide.
Who should read it?
This book should be read by individuals who wish to become expert patients within the field of arthritis. Also this would be a good book for students and interdisciplinary staff who will be working with patients who have or are likely to have a diagnosis of arthritis.