The Facts series
A collection of factual guides to stroke, asthma, eating disorders and less well known conditions such as Tourette's and motor neurone disease comes under review
The Facts series is an interesting addition to the available material for patient information.
The books cover the subjects in a lot of detail and include some topics that are hard to find, such as cystic fibrosis and borderline personality disorder.
I found I learnt things myself and the detail is certainly appropriate to a GP in places.
But that also means that it would require a certain level of background education to use the books effectively and the extensive text requires more reading than, say, the Family Doctor Series.
The books also function as small reference books with a proper index, and so could be a resource to use at different times in the course of an illness.
Some of the authors are Australian, but this does not change the relevance to UK practice.
The books have stories told in the first person that illustrate particular points.
This seemed useful and, as I was looking at the one on Eating Disorders, I felt that approach might be particularly useful for a relative or friend trying to understand such an illness.
So, an attractive set of books, very comprehensive, well laid-out but requiring an ability to read and understand.
They would be useful for anyone wanting to understand and be involved in a long-term condition – and that would include medical staff, especially for the less mainstream topics.
Dr Linden Ruckert