Post-polio Syndrome A Guide for Patients and Their Families Julie K. Silver, Lauro S. Halstead
- Publication date:
- 16 May 2001
- 304 pages: 210 x 140 x 25mm
- 17 line drawings
The effects of polio that occur decades after the disease has run its course - weakness, fatigue, pain, intolerance to cold, difficulty with breathing and swallowing - are often more devastating than the original disease. This book on the diagnosis and management of poliorelated health problems is an essential resource for polio survivors and their families and health care providers. Dr. Julie K. Silver, who has both personal and professional experience with post-polio syndrome, begins the book by defining and describing PPS and providing a historical overview of its diagnosis and treatment. Chapters that follow discuss finding good medical care, dealing with symptoms, maintaining proper nutrition and weight, preventing osteoporosis and falls, and sustaining mobility. Dr. Silver reviews the latest in braces, shoes, assistive devices, and wheelchairs and scooters. She also explores issues involving managing pain, surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, safe and comfortable living environments, insurance and disability, and sex and intimacy.
Julie K. Silver, M. D., is medical director of the Spaulding-Framingham Outpatient Center and director of the Spaulding Polio Center. Lauro Halstead is director of the Post-Polio Syndrome Program, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, D. C.
"[This book] belongs to that small select group that is stylish, informative, and a pleasure to read... [Its pages] are crammed with up-to-date information and useful anecdotes all designed to help prevent or minimise further disability and improve the quality of lives." Lauro Halstead, from the Foreword"