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A Parent’s Guide to Rheumatic Diseases in Children

From drug information to support groups, this US manual aims to provide a comprehensive guide on children's rheumatic illness, but will it still be useful for UK parents?

From drug information to support groups, this US manual aims to provide a comprehensive guide on children's rheumatic illness, but will it still be useful for UK parents?



Should the title not be Parents' Guide or is it aimed at single parent families?

Anyway, this book is written as an informative and easy to understand manual for parents of children with orthopaedic or rheumatological disorders.

It covers the subject matter in three parts.

The first part looks at common causes of pain in the various parts of the body and the questions that may be asked and diagnostic tests that may be requested by the health professional.

The second part gives a guide to the rheumatic diseases and related conditions.

The third part goes through the various medications from NSAIDs and DMARDs to the biologics and a guide to the various diagnostic tests.

Unfortunately American brand names and laboratory terms are used.

The chapter on getting the best results for your child is dealing with the US health service including health insurance issues.

The appendix gives useful support groups and websites, but these are also American.

The publishers are the Oxford University Press but as the author - Dr Thomas Lehman - is American it is the New York branch that has printed it.

It is therefore written in American English so paracetamol becomes acetaminophen, an ‘irritable hip' becomes ‘toxic synovitis' and the usual American spellings may be irritating or even confusing for British readers.

As this appears to be the only book of its kind on the market, it may be helpful for parents but a UK version is needed.

Dr Iain Henderson

Rating: 2.5/5

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