’The chapter on what causes lymphoedema highlighted the impact of tropical disease in the development of this condition in other countries and inspired me to learn more on this subject.’
Title: Let’s Talk Lymphoedema: The Essential Guide to Everything you need to Know
Authors: Professor Peter Mortimer and Gemma Levine
Publisher: Elliot and Thompson Limited
Reviewer: Jean Kelly, Nurse Practitioner in palliative care, West Midlands Hospice
What was it like?
The detail throughout this book is just enough to engage interest but not overload you with jargon and may even encourage further research into this subject. It gives a brief introduction of the lymph system and lymphoedema, the risks of infection, possible causes and available treatments. The lack of professional knowledge to diagnose or address the risks of developing lymphoedema is evident throughout, showing that the need for education in this area is vital. Personal and professional accounts give insight to the psychosocial effects of developing, managing and living with this incurable condition and the stigma attached to it. The book also addresses other forms of lymphoedema (head and neck, facial, genital, gut, lipoedema) and also addresses lymphoedema in children. Appendix 1 gives a number of non-weight bearing pool exercises with accompanying images, a thoughtful and useful addition to this book. Input from patients and professionals gave a rounded approach to this subject.
What were the highlights?
The book provides an overview of all aspects of lymphoedema. The chapter on what causes lymphoedema highlighted the impact of tropical disease in the development of this condition in other countries and inspired me to learn more on this subject. New and alternative innovative treatments were discussed by Lymphoedema specialist Jane Wigg, providing an overview of lesser known advancements in care. Information on current treatments with different types of massage technique and bandaging along with the role of compression garments to help control swelling was very interesting.
Strengths and weaknesses:
Photographs allowed visual understanding of the condition, treatment options and compression garments available as written description is not always adequate. Personal testimonies throughout gave invaluable insight into how lymphoedema impacts on work/life experiences, relationships and sexuality and how the condition can be misdiagnosed. I have no weaknesses to discuss.
Who should read it:
Nursing staff, students, doctors, volunteers, managers, general readers. This book would benefit all readers as it would encourage an understanding of this condition.
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