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Coping with Diverticulitis

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’This book should certainly be read by sufferers of diverticulitis; their families and careers.’

Title: Coping with Diverticulitis

Author: Peter Cartwright

Publisher: Sheldon Press

Reviewer: Anne Duell, ward sister, Birmingham Community NHS Trust

What was it like?

This book has been written primarily to support anyone who has been diagnosed with diverticular disease. It is empathetic and sensitively written. The author has clearly taken the time to research this condition, it histology, management and impact on the individual sufferer.

The book may be short in comparison with many other medical related book but it is packed full of insightful and well meaning information, which any reader will find joy benefit from.

The author presents a user friendly approach in their layout and the information they present could be deemed to be written for the individual sufferer.

What were the highlights?

The highlights of the book, as mentioned above, is clearly in its approach and presentation. How the author has worked to remove the stigma of a disease, which the suffers may be embarrassed to disclose; to making it acceptable to discuss this condition with confidence and a sense of acceptance. It s refreshing to read a bookthat looks at a condition with the individual person in mind in preference to approaching a disease from a purely medical or academic perspective. Also one of the highlights, from my reading, is how the author shows that there are differing perspectives in relation to the progression of diverticulitis in society over since the war years.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The strengths of this book is that is works to break down barriers by aiding understanding of a complex disease; how the author presents differing theories but leaves their reader to draw their own conclusion in regards to the perceived impact societal development may have had on the prevalence of diverticulitis. The section relating to the impact of a low fibre diet and the difficulty of regulating what is classed as ”high” fibre diets is refreshingly honest as interpretation can be individualistic.

Who should read it?

This book should certainly be read by sufferers of diverticulitis; their families and careers. Anyone who has an interest in understanding the impact of disease on the individual person and for those who may require surgery to manage their condition and need guidance on how to cope with a stoma in their daily lives.



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