Managing Multiple Sclerosis, with all the associated problems of a progressive chronic disease, requires special knowledge on the part of the Clinician. From which drugs to prescribe for an acute attack, to the use of new drugs available to help control the disease process, to managing the myriad of symptoms and neurologic complications associated with the disease, the Clinician must have a full armament of tools available to be effective.This book provides the basic groundwork you need to treat these patients. It is designed for all Physicians who manage the disease outside a comprehensive MS care centre, emphasising those therapies that can be used successfully by the non-MS specialist and indicating when referral is appropriate. Most importantly, it gives you the tools to improve the quality of life for your patients, allowing them to maximise their capabilities and take advantage of all available resources.
Nancy Holland is vice president of the Professional Resource Center and Clinical Programs Department at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and a doctorate in higher and adult education. Dr. Holland is author/editor of more than 60 MS-related articles, books and chapters. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Organization of MS Nurses (IOMSN)
Multiple Sclerosis: The Disease and Its Diagnosis: Timothy L. Vollmer; Treatments to Reduce Disability and Disease Progression: Stanley van den Noort; Fatigue: Randall T. Schapiro and Diana M. Schneider; Spasticity, Balance, Tremor and Weakness: The Basis of Mobility Dysfunction: Randall T. Schapiro and Diana M. Schneider; Pain: Heidi Maloni and Randall T. Schapiro; Bladder Dysfunction: Gary E. Leach and Kathleen C. Kobashi; Bowel Management: Nancy J. Holland; Vision: Elliot M. Frohman; Cognitive Loss: Randolph B. Schiffer; Emotional Issues: Linda Samuel and Pamela Cavallo; Primary Care Needs of Multiple Sclerosis Patients: June Halper and T. Jock Murray; Case Studies: Aaron E. Miller; Community Resources: Deborah Hertz and Nancy J. Holland; Appendix: Medications Commonly Used In Multiple Sclerosis.