MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: A PERSONAL EXPLORATION.
He was a medical student when he was first diagnosed with MS. Today he is a psychiatrist, a richly satisfied husband, father, and grandfather, and a contributor to the MS Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Alexander Burnfield's multiple perspectives on life with MS combine to our benefit in this book.
The psychiatrist informs the parent, and offers an enlightening discussion of family life and caregiving. The doctor brings current medical information to the table. For example, there is a triangular schematic explaining the effect of heat in ways I've never heard before. Dr. Burnfield discusses what's comfortable from the patient's point of view--something every caregiver and every government agency should know. The author concludes that having MS allowed "the textbook expert to transform himself into a caring and understanding physician." Painful honesty illuminates his journey.
One caution: much of the information here is based on the British health system. But--in its 6th printing--this book has plenty of worthwhile information for us.
A Condor Book: Souvenir Press, 1996. 186 pages. Write: Independent Publisher's Group, 814 N. Franklin Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610; or call: 800-888-4741.
Reviewed by Kristina Kowing, a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.
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