Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Robert H. Phillips, Author Avery Publishing Group $9.95 (258p) ISBN 978-0-89529-371-8
Phillips, a psychologist who specializes in chronic medical illness, provides a comprehensive, commonsensical book about coping with the devastating realities of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that refreshingly examines the emotional as well as physical consequences of the disease. RA is chronic and episodic in nature, and Phillips encourages patients to take control by asking questions, challenging physicians and seeking second opinions. Phillips defines the disease in simple, lucid terms; he sorts out the quackery surrounding RA, explaining why certain lifestyle changes might or might not make a difference. For example, he explains that ""neither the spa nor the climate has a significant effect on the course of the disease, although either may be helpful in relieving symptoms.'' He also points out that denial is a commonand healthycoping strategy if it doesn't keep the RA patient from getting enough rest or taking medications. Chapters dealing with a patient's interaction with others and the responses of family members are particularly useful. (April)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1988
Release date: 03/01/1988
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