Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New Health Books in the Library: the brain, weight loss, alternative treatments, cancer survivors...

The Cancer Survivor's Guide, the essential handbook to Life after Cancer by Michael Feuerstein and Patricia Findley provides seven chapters concerning challenges that cancer patients experience after surviving the disease. Written by a doctor/cancer survivor, Feuerstein, and a medical social worker, Findley, the book covers the stress, uncertainty, long-term effects of treatment and other important issues.

is it me or my meds? living with antidepressants by David A. Karp addresses the side effects of psychotrophic drugs, and other quality-of-life issues for patients who are on a long-term course of drug therapy for depression.

Stop Being Your Symptoms and Start Being Yourself, a 6-week program to ease your chronic symptoms by Arthur J. Barsky and Emily C. Deans. Using worksheets and exercises, the book teaches coping skills for such chronic conditions as back pain, insomnia, headaches and so on.

Weight Loss Surgery, is it right for you? by Merle Cantor et al. discusses who might be a good candidate for the surgery, how to make the decision, describes the procedures available and the recovery and future for patients who select the surgical option. Take a look at this article on WebMd on this topic also.

What Your Doctor Hasn't Told You and the Health Store Clerk Doesn't Know, the truth about alternative treatments and what works by Edward L. Schneider "offers expert advice about which treatments are effective, which can be dangerous, and what's simply not worth your money," according to the book jacket. Review

And finally, a very thick, 1006 page tome, The Owner's Manual for the Brain, everyday applications from mind-brain research by Pierce J. Howard is a book for browsing or for reference. It has a chapter on teenager's brains, elderly brains, the mind-brain connection, gender differences in brains and so on.

These books can be found on the new non-fiction shelves.

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