Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis

The Guide to Treatment and Management, Sixth Edition

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"The huge expansion of information available about MS, especially through the Internet, has put the individual with MS in a position to take increasing responsibility for her or his own care. There is thus a need for a comprehensive, readily accessible guide to the present therapeutic options, which will give the inquirer a balanced guide to the relative effectiveness of individual treatments. This book is designed to do just that.

This bestselling title is a unique compendium of the most frequently used treatments for multiple sclerosis, an authoritative reference for all physicians, and a factual guide for patients who need information about therapies. This new edition has been extensively revised both in content and format from previous editions. Its organization into sections dealing with the treatment of acute exacerbations, disease-modifying therapies, symptom management, and alternative therapies makes the book much more accessible to the reader.

The title has been changed from "Therapeutic Claims in Multiple Sclerosis" to reflect the major restructuring of this edition and to better describe the range and focus of the content.The authors have included the original data underlying the conclusions reached by the Therapeutic Claims Committee of the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies, providing for a greater understanding of how those conclusions were reached. The addition of references at the end of each chapter will be especially useful for physicians and other health care professionals, but will also be of interest to those lay readers who want more detail about the therapies discussed."

Product Details

  • Publication Date March 01, 2006
  • Page Count 197
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603514

Editorial Review(s)

"The guide covers so much, including current, emerging and experimental treatments and also a new chapter on unconventional therapies...It is a good book to have by your side when visiting your GP or nurse...A highly recommended read for so many different aspects of MS."--MS Connect

"This book is a welcome addition to the multiple sclerosis literature..." -- Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry

"By focusing on alternative medicines, the book helps increase awareness of the uses of these treatments for the physician. This may help open a dialogue between physician and patient..."--Archives of Neurology

" excellent book for healthcare providers who would like to know about latest developments in MS." -- Doody Publishing

" excellent resource for people with MS and healthcare professionals, particularly for thos interested in a reference source that provides key details on MS treatments in a concise manner."-- Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers

About The Author(s)

Dr. Chris Polman MD, FRCP, FRCPI

Chris H. Polman is Professor of Neurology at Free University Medical Centre in Amsterdam.

Dr. Allen Bowling MD, PhD

Allen C. Bowling, MD, PhD, is Physician Associate at the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI). He is also Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado. Dr. Bowling has more than 100 lay and professional publications, including five books on MS. He has provided consultation or authored publications for many MS and neurological organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the National MS Society (NMSS), and the MS International Federation (MSIF). Dr. Bowling lectures extensively and is actively engaged in the ongoing clinical care of people with MS. He incorporates the approaches outlined in Optimal Health with Multiple Sclerosis in his clinical practice, Neurology Care, in Englewood, CO. Dr. Bowling is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale, where he also obtained his MD and PhD degrees. He completed his neurology residency training at the University of California-San Francisco and his fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School.

Dr. T. Jock Murray MD

T. Jock Murray, MD, is Professor of Medical Humanities at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and Director of the Dalhousie multiple sclerosis (MS) program. He has served as an officer in numerous Canadian and U.S. medical organizations. The recipient of many awards, including the Neilson Award from the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine for contributions to medical history, Dr. Murray is an outstanding teacher as well as clinician with an avid interest in the history of medicine. He was awarded the Canada 125th Anniversary Medal and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Murray and his wife Janet have four children and five grandchildren. He has written more 200 medical books and articles.

Table of Contents

"Sections.The Changing Understanding of MS
Treatments That Affect the Long-term Course of the Disease (""Disease-Modifying Therapy"")
Symptomatic Treatment, Neurorehabilitation and Service Delivery
Unconventional Therapies and MS