The CDC estimates that over half a million Americans currently suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a disease which has defied researchers to discover a cause or a cure. Authors Verrillo and Gellman, both long-term CFS patients, have now assembled a one-of-a-kind sourcebook for both patients and clinicians.
This concise easy-to-understand reference offers the latest medical knowledge, sound advice, and hope to anyone who suffers from the disease. Combining a self-help manual, the personal histories of CFS sufferers, and a symptom and treatment dictionary, this comprehensive volume details every facet of the illness and thoroughly discusses every treatment currently available. From diagnosis to symptoms, from traditional and alternative therapies to coping strategies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide is one of the only references on this disease written from the patient's perspective.
As a physician, understanding the common symptoms of CFS sufferers may help you diagnose with better accuracy. Recommending this book to your patients could be their most important step to health, as it encourages them to take an active role in their recovery.
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Erica M. Verrillo was completing her doctorate before becoming ill with CFS in 1992.
Lauren M. Gellman was a vice president for a Fortune 500 Company before calling ill in 1987.
"This reference guide is objective, comprehensive, and clear. It will be a valuable tool for all CFS patients. Every health-care professional who treats CFS should also have a copy of this book." --Dr. Thomas Steinbach, CFS specialist and internist, Houston, Texas
"I am going to recommend this book to every new patient I see. It is well balanced and complete. It is the best book I have read on this topic in yeras." --Dr. David Bell, CFS specialist, Lyndonville, New York and author of The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
"Erica Verrillo and Lauren Gellman have put together the book about CFIDS that we have all been waiting for - a guide to treating CFIDS which covers everything from Ampligen to Zinc. This book is a must have for anyone who is coping with or treating patients with this complex, multi-systemic disorder. It provides clear, concise, and objective information on CFIDS treatment options in one very readable volume. Endorsed by David Bell, M.D. and Thomas Steinback, M.D., the information in the book is accurate and responsible, and the extensive bibliography at the end provides the reader with references which can be consulted for more in-depth information on any of the topics covered in the text." --Medical Professionals/Persons With CFIDS Newsletter (1998)
"This book puts nearly all the options between the covers, gives you the protocol, the pros and cons, and even its availability and cost! There are special chapters with alternative methods, nutritional help, mail order supplies, the special needs of kids with CFIDS, and how to monitor your symptoms. It's jam-packed full of information and is the most helpful book we've read since The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." --The National CFIDS Foundation (1998)
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