POWER TO THE PATIENT: The Treatments to Insist on When You're Sick

Isadore Rosenfeld, Author Warner $25.95 (480p) ISBN 0-446-52694-0

Rosenfeld (Live Now, Age Later), a professor of clinical medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital and attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, offers easy-to-digest medical advice for a broad readership in this reference guide to common illnesses. The book covers a range of ailments from acne to gout, migraines and strokes. Each listing offers basic information about the medical problem, including diagnosis, treatment, causes and prevention. Accompanying every malady is a helpful "What to Insist On" section that outlines the tests and treatments patients should request from their doctors. Under kidney stones, for example, Rosenfeld notes that, "Patients used to be advised to reduce their calcium intake. This is unnecessary and, in fact, may lead to more stones." Some of Rosenfeld's recommendations—trying out different drug combinations slowly to see what works best with the least side effect, or seeking second opinions—aren't unique, though he doesn't hesitate to modify or argue with traditional advice. His levelheaded, straightforward, informative style will reassure many patients. One caveat: though the book provides a useful overview of the illnesses, readers who have been diagnosed with a particular ailment will probably want more comprehensive advice. (Feb.)

Forecast:With a 25-city satellite radio and TV tour, among other promotional plans, this book should have strong initial sales, especially considering his success with Live Now, Age Later, a New York Times bestseller.

Reviewed on: 02/04/2002
Release date: 01/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
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