Item description for The Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Fact Book by Crohn's & Colitis Foundation...
Advance praise for The Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Fact Book: "Crohn's disease nearly took my life and dream of running in the Olympics. This book is helping me control my disease and stay in training." Rene Felton, Track and Field National Record Holder "A much needed and valuable resource for IBD patients, their families, and physicians towards understanding IBD." Kurt J. Isselbacher, M.D., Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Gastrointestinal Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital "Since IBD has touched my family I can well understand how this book can offer understanding and hope to all of us." Gary Collins, Host, Hour Magazine "An invaluable book not only for patients but for doctors as well. Anyone connected with IBD will profit from reading it." Henry D. Janowitz, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of IBD Unit, Mount Sinai School of Medicine "This text gave me a better insight into my illness. I have found that knowing what to expect makes coping with the disease easier." Rolf Benirschke, Placekicker, San Diego Chargers
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 1983
ISBN 0684179679 ISBN13 9780684179674
Reviews - What do customers think about The Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Fact Book?
! Jan 18, 2007
A good resource for the newly diagnosed but if you are an old hat at this stuff, read something else. It is nice to have on hand though when OTHER people start having problems and they come to you for info. because they know you have problems. You can hand them this to borrow.
Good overview, if a bit outdated May 30, 2004
This is a very good general introduction to the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, for the family, friends, or patient that has been recently diagnosed with one of these diseases. It covers the details of the disease and also current treatment IBD (circa 1983). However, please understand that this book has not been updated since 1983. There have been many, many developments in the treatment of these diseases and the prognosis is much better than when this book was written. (They essentially only had Prednisone and Sulfasalizine for treatment at the time). They now have Remicade and other drugs used to treat IBD that are not addressed.
Overall not a bad book, but you can probably find all of this information, plus information on newer developments, in some of the other books on IBD. Needless to say, if you buy this book, don't make it your only book on IBD.
Great information on Crohn's Disease Dec 27, 2003
As a Crohn's Disease patient, I used this book as a source for a research project. Although, currently there are more up-to-date sources, this book provided me with a vast amount of background information regarding the disease.
A must have book for anyone suffering from these diseases Jun 2, 2001
Six months ago I was faced with the reality that I had Crohn's Disease. At that point I wanted to get my hands on as much reading material as I could on the subject (because when you are sick about all you can do is sit and read anyway). Out of all the books I have read on the subject I can honestly say that this book is one of the best overall books on the subject.
This book is devided in three major sections. The first part is about The Nature of the disease. In this section the book discusses basic definitions, who gets the diseases, what causes them, how it is diagnosed, and systemic manifestations.
The next section is about Treating the Diseases. This section covers medications and their side effects, nutritional complications, surgery, and the threat of cancer.
The last section covers Living with the Diseases. This talks about diseases in children, pregnancy, older people, emotions, hospitalization, life insurance and medical insurance, what to do if you become disabled.
I recommend this book for anyone who suffers with either of these diseases. This book is a fantastic handbook/reference book for people who are sick with these illnesses. It has helped me unterstand my Crohn's disease better then I ever thought possible. I wish you all the best!!
If you have IBD you need this book. Oct 14, 2000
It used to be that this was the only 'laypersons' book out there for people suffering from IBD. Newly diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 10 years ago, I found this book to be enlightening and informative. It helped me to get a handle on things when I felt my life spiraling out of control due to a disease I had never even heard of before. Today those suffering from ulcerative colitis and Chrohn's Disease have more reading material at their disposal, but this book remains as the staple for any person suffering from IBD. It can also serve as an invaluable resource to friends and family of IBD survivors who also feel confused and helpless. Anyone who has ever taken prednisone for IBD knows the symptoms and treatments for these diseases can make articulate and unemotional explanations almost impossible to formulate. Handing over a copy of this to your siblings, parents, spouse, or even your roommate is the best thing you can do for them, and for yourself.