’This book would be a useful read to any person who has the need of personal insight to this condition, either as a sufferer or family member.’
Title: Peripheral Neuropathy: What It Is and What You Can Do to Feel Better
Author: Janice F Wiesman
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
Reviewer: Paul Watson, college nurse, Peterborough Regional College.
What was it like?
Dr Janice F Wiesman, a neurologist with twenty years of experience helping people who have neuropathy find relief, shares her special insights into this painful and debilitating condition. Dr. Wiesman begins by outlining the basics of nerve anatomy and function. She explains how peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed and treated, describes neuropathy’s disparate causes, and offers readers lifestyle changes that can help keep nerves healthy. A useful glossary defines terms, patient stories offer real-world experiences, and illustrations provide a visual key to the condition. A detailed resources section points the reader to reliable web sites and organisations that offer more help. This book aims to provide hope, help, and comfort to patients, families, and caregivers.
What were the highlights?
At the beginning of the book there are some great looking and useful diagrams of nerves and other structures. These are well produced and as such make understanding what is being discussed easy and clear. There are no more throughout the rest of the book and this was a shame as they were so good. What was in the rest of the book though was clear sections laid out in a concise manner covering many topics and even looking at alternative conditions to neuropathy. The glossary of terms at the back of the book is a handy touch, allowing a quick check that you are understanding what you thought you were!
Strengths & weaknesses
Very well written in simple language, this book covers many aspects of neuropathy that would be of use to any sufferer. There are sections on the biological makeup of the nerve and a description of neuropathy, through to sections on diagnosis and similar conditions. A great section comes at the end of the book, in the form of a chapter that even gives some basic advice for how to live with the condition.
Who should read it?
I feel that the strength of this book would be to help and support a reader who has just had a diagnosis, as this would help them to have an idea of what might be coming. This book would be a useful read to any person who has the need of personal insight to this condition, either as a sufferer or family member. Any professional who has contact with this condition would also find it a useful tool in their day job, when needing to help sufferers or family members.