Book Review

"Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need "

Fifth Edition

By Rosalind C. Kalb, PhD

Reviewed: by Alys Novak

Filled with information for those newly diagnosed to those considering long-term care, this 400-page treasure does indeed seem to answer any question that someone living with MS, family/friends, healthcare providers, others with chronic illnesses will find useful. Since it is designed to be a reference/resource, this would be a great addition to your personal library, and you are always welcome to come and review it at the Rocky Mountain MS Center.

Each chapter is authored by an expert, but written in lay language. Example: The chapter on “Partnering with an MS Nurse” explains that “A primary goal of nursing care in MS is to help people learn effective, preventive self-management in order to control minor problems before they became major ones,” with the chapter going on to cover such topics as bladder and bowel function, skin care, etc.

Sample chapter titles: “The Role of Physical Therapy,” “The Role of Occupational Therapy,” “Considering Options for Managing Relapses and the Disease Course,” and “Managing the Insurance Maze.”

The book uses a simple Q&A that is somewhat unusual. Questions posed by real people really living with MS are set out from the rest of the text in boldface and make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Example questions: “Is there anything I can do to prevent an exacerbation?” Or “What is a physiatrist?”

Extra-added attractions are: a glossary; a list of medications commonly used in MS; recommended additional readings; and an excellent list of resources.