Title: The Lupus Encyclopedia
Author: Donald Thomas Jr
Publisher: John Hopkins Press
Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust
What was it like?
As indicated in the title, this book is quite a substantial read. It is an everything you need to know guide to Lupus. An initial introduction to what lupus is and an overview to other systemic autoimmune diseases is provided. The author continues to present the causes of lupus and the variety of urine and blood tests and their importance.
A further section presents us with an indepth insight into the how lupus directly impacts each of the body systems. Since lupus is know to predominantly affect women, there is a prevalent section relating to its impact on pregnancy and the reproductive system that is worth a read when supporting women of child bearing age.
The author also provides suggested ways/sections of the book to read dependant upon the desired outcomes of the reader, whether it is to have a basic working knowledge or to learn as much as one can about lupus.
What were the highlights?
The area that clearly stands out in this book is the preface. A much overlooked area in many books, however we are presented with a clear guide of what people diagnoses with lupus need to know to support them in maintaining optimal levels of health.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strengths of this book is its structure and usability as a reference resource. The only weakness, being such a comprehensive resource, is that it is larger book and could be a bit weightly for some people to hold so a reading table is advised.
Who should read it?
This book should be read by anyone who provides care for people diagnosed with lupus or work with patients groups where a diagnosis may occur. Also for individuals and their families this is a great resource to have access to, which should facilitate a better understanding of their condition.