I believe that every lupus patient should read at least one good
lupus book. Learning about the illness & knowing what you're
up against can help a great deal, especially in coming to terms
with having lupus. You can manage your disease better if you can
recognise all of the signs & symptoms, & know about the
Below I've listed my choice of the top three lupus books, thses
are all books which I would highly recommend to lupus sufferers
and their families. The books are available to buy from amazon.com,
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Lupus: Everything You Need to Know, by Robert G. Lahita,
Robert H. Phillips
A great book for the newly diagnosed lupus patient. Gives a lot
of lupus information in question and answer format, that is very
easy to understand. Split into different sections covering all aspects
Drs Robert Lahita & Robert H Phillips have taken the questions
that their lupus patients most frequently ask and, relying on both
research and personal experience, have used a question-and-answer
format to present comprehensive, easy-to-understand answers. The
authors cover all aspects of the disease. What are the different
types of lupus? Exactly what happens in the body of a lupus patient?
What causes lupus? What can trigger a lupus flare-up? How is lupus
diagnosed? What treatments are available? Also included are discussions
of symptoms and manifestations of lupus; detailed explanations of
medications and their side effects; and even a look at the impact
of lupus on the patient's life, including how the disorder can affect
sex, pregnancy, family life, & work.
The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families, by Daniel J. Wallace
Written by Daniel Wallace, one of the world's leading lupus specialists,
this is a great book that covers all aspects of lupus in great detail.
This is my 'lupus bible' that I always find myself referring to.
Chapters include - What is lupus?; The history of lupus; Who gets
lupus?; Inflammation & immunity; What causes lupus?; Where &
how the body can be affected by lupus?; History, symptoms &
signs; Must we draw blood?; Rashes & discoid lupus; Arthritis,
muscles & bone; The lungs & heart; The nervous system &
behavioural changes; The head, neck & Sjogren's Syndrome; What
about hormones?; The impact of lupus upon the GI tract & liver;
Lupus in the kidney & urinary tract; The blood & lymphatic
systems; Do blood clots develop?; Lupus in children & the elderly;
Is it really lupus?; How to treat lupus with physical measures;
You can help conquer lupus; Anti-inflammatory therapies; Disease-modifying
drugs; Treatments occasionally used to treat lupus; Fighting infections,
allergies & osteoporosis; Can a woman with lupus have a baby?;
What's the prognosis?; Lupus in 2010: a medical odyssey.
The Challenges of Lupus: Insights & Hope, by
Published in 1999, this is one of the most up to date lupus books
available. It is written by Henrietta Aladjem, who is a founder
of the Lupus Foundation of America. She has compiled 40 articles
written by a variety of experts on the subject of lupus.
The book is split into six parts. Part one gives an overview of
lupus; Part two looks at lupus from a patient's perspective; Part
three looks at lupus in different facets of life - neonatal lupus,
lupus & kids, lupus in women, men with lupus, lupus and the
elderly, hormones & SLE, lupus & pregnancy; Part four looks
at the manifestations of lupus - lupus & the lung, osteonecrosis,
avascular necrosis, osteoporosis, cardiac manifestations, neuropsychiatric
involvement, Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Genetics, how SLE affects
the blood, skin rashes, ultraviolet light & SLE, & fatigue;
Part five looks at diagnosis of lupus & medications used to
treat it; Part six looks at the doctor-patient relationship.