Further reading about MS
This list concentrates on suggested general reading on MS. There are a number of books written by people with MS about their own condition, but that is outside the scope of this list.
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London: Vermilion; 2005
Written by someone who has lived with MS for many years, this book explains the symptoms of MS, their treatment with both conventional and complementary therapies and offers practical advice on coping with MS on a day-to-day basis.
New York: Demos Medical Publishing; 2006
This readable book, now in an expanded second edition, offers reliable information on the relevance, safety, and effectiveness of various alternative therapies including acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic medicine, cooling therapy, yoga, diets and fatty acid supplements, the use of herbs and vitamins and minerals. A section on integrating conventional and unconventional medicine links specific symptoms to potentially useful therapies. Also includes a glossary of popular supplements that are commonly used in MS.
Bowling AC, Stewart TM.
New York: Demos; 2004
Gives a brief review of more than 100 or the more commonly used dietary supplements taken by people with MS.
London: Souvenir Press; 1986
Drawing heavily on the experiences of a medical doctor who is, himself, a person with MS, this book offers sympathetic help to those coming to terms with the disease. Now in its eighth printing, the book addresses the medical and psychological effects of MS as they affect the individual and their family in a frank and easy to understand style.
Coyle PK, Halper J.
New York: Demos Medical Publishing; 2001
Written specifically for people who have been told they have or are developing the progressive form of MS, this American book focuses on ways not only to manage the progressive disease and its symptoms but also to cope with the life changes that may accompany it. As well as offering advice for adjusting to the disease and outlines strategies for dealing with issues of progressive MS, the book covers a variety of general health and social issues, ranging from diet and nutrition to getting general medical support.
Rochester, Vermont: Healing Art Press; 1999
As a mother with MS herself, Judy Graham provides genuine and useful insight based on her own first hand experience and data from hundreds of interviews with women who have MS and are currently raising families. The book straightforwardly addresses such issues as the possibility of relapse, genetic predisposition to MS, sexuality and fertility, pregnancy, postnatal care, and breastfeeding.
Holland NJ, Murray TJ, Reingold SC.
New York: Demos Medical Publishing; 2002
This American book looks at the nature of MS and how it may impact on the life of someone recently diagnosed, including the effect on families and some of the treatments that may be available.
New York: Demos Medical Publishing; 2004
Covering a wide range of topics in a question and answer format, this book touches on the range of issues both medical and social that confront individuals and families living with MS. Each chapter contains a list of references and recommended reading for readers interested in pursuing more detailed information on a particular topic. The guide also contains a comprehensive glossary of terms commonly used in MS management. The chapter on treatments includes descriptions of each of the medications commonly used in the treatment of MS (in the USA) and the management of its symptoms.
Perkin GD, Wolinsky JS.
Abingdon, Oxon: Health Press; 2005
Aimed at all physicians and nurses who work with people with MS, this book offers a concise review of factors relating to MS - the condition itself, its diagnosis, its management and the medications that are available.
Polman CH, Thompson AJ, Murray TJ, Bowling AC, Noseworthy JH.
New York: Demos Medical Publishing; 2006
An accessible review of the most frequently used treatments for MS, this book offers an authoritative reference for all health professionals and a factual guide for people with MS who need information about therapies. It is organised into sections dealing with the treatment of acute exacerbations, disease-modifying therapies, symptom management, and alternative therapies. An updated version can also be read online at the MS International Federation website.
Robinson I, Rose FC.
London: Class Publishing; 2003
Aimed at people who already have some knowledge or experience of MS, this book discusses symptoms, therapies and rehabilitation in a comprehensive, yet accessible manner. Includes advice on MS related problems such as employment, finances and home adaptations.
Rog D, Burgess M, Mottershead J, Talbot P.
London: Class Publishing; 2009
The new edition of this book now answers over 300 real questions from people with MS and their families ranging from symptoms and diagnosis, through to medical treatment, management and self-help.
New York: Demos; 2003
Provides symptom-by-symptom coverage of MS along with chapters on general health issues such as diet, exercise and adapting to MS.