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Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Family Guide for Caregiving

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Title: Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Family Guide for Caregiving

Editors-in-chief: Maria Oliva-Hemker, David Ziring. and Athos Bousvaros

Publisher:The Johns Hopkins University Press, June 2010

Reviewer: Paul Watson, school nurse

What was it like?

This is a well-written and constructed book, designed to be used by families that have children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or indeed for those suffering the condition themselves. It has been designed to be used as a tool to guide those affected by the condition through the many stages of their condition. It does not set itself up to be a “cure all” and never claims to take over from the specialist care team that would be working with the patient. 


While it has had many contributors it has been edited in such a way as to flow throughout, as if written by only one professional. Although written in a professional and “medical” manner it is easily understood and followed by the reader, with good explanations of more complex terms. There are many great diagrams and graphical descriptions of conditions and symptoms.   

What were the highlights? 

For me one of the highlights was the diagrams that were there throughout the book, allowing me to visualise the different conditions that were being described, and their location within the body. It has been some time since I was learning my anatomy and physiology and was pleased to have my memory refreshed with nice clear diagrams and descriptions. I found this book an interesting and easy read and believe that anyone who has been diagnosed with a condition that fits within the IBD definition would also benefit from the read.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The overwhelming strength for me in this book is the vast amount of knowledge that has been pulled together and collated into this easy reading descriptive answer to many questions. It is a nice looking paperback book that delivers all of the answers to question that you will be asking, while constantly reminding you to consult with your own specialist if in doubt or unsure.

Who should read it?

This book was intended, written and designed, for the families of children suffering with inflammatory bowel disease. It is written in an informative manner and never patronises the reader, treating them as a user of their service as opposed to a pupil of their message. I would also recommend this as indicative reading for any professional working in this particular field, if for no other reason than to refresh your own knowledge.

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