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Dr. Roland Staud’s Fibromyalgia Books

Fibromyalgia and Other Central Pain Syndromes BookFibromyalgia and Other Central Pain Syndromes

Dr. R. Staud is the author of a chapter on Fibromyalgia Syndrome in this textbook (Editors Daniel J. Wallace, MD and Daniel J. Clauw, MD). This 432-page text provides a wealth of information and comprehensive illustrations on Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes. Published in April 2005, the main focus of Dr. Staud’s contribution is the role of central pain processing abnormalties for pain in fibromyalgia. Validated measures of central sensitization are presented and how they relate to fibromyalgia pain.
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Fibromyalgia for Dummies BookFibromyalgia for Dummies

A self help book for Fibromyalgia patients and their families, by Dr. R. Staud and C. Adamec, 2007.
This book explains the most recent research on the biological abnormalities that are responsible for the increased pain experience of fibromyalgia patients. The authors offer guidance on the wide range of medications, exercises, and complementary therapies that can help manage FMS and explains how they work.
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Other Fibromyalgia Books

  • Treating Fibromyalgia, by Beth Ediger, LRH Publications, 1997 (50 pages, softcover)

    This 50-page booklet, containing up-to-date information on fibromyalgia syndrome that’s accurate, yet easy to understand, joins the family of FMS self-help guides by LRH Publications. In Treating Fibromyalgia, Ediger introduces the reader to the subject of fibromyalgia management by considering the various types of pain that FMS entails (i.e., myofascial pain, low muscle endurance, muscle tension, abnormal stiffness, muscle microtrauma, and of course, overall pain). She then offers a no-nonsense overview of the wide range of medications, exercises, and complementary therapies that can help manage FMS and explains how they work. An astute foreword by Manfred Harth, M.D., professor of medicine and rheumatology at the University of Western Ontario, completes this valuable, compact booklet. $5.00 plus $1.95 shipping/handling. Quantity prices available. Checks or money orders should be in U.S. funds made payable to “LRH Publications”. Mail orders to LRH Publications, Box 100, Station A, Fredericton, NB E3B 4Y2, Canada. Fax: 506/450-1992.

  • Living With Fibromyalgia: A Practical Guide to Coping, Edited by Thomas Romano, M.D., Ph.D. Produced by the Fibromyalgia Association of Houston, Inc., 1998 (60 pages, softcover)

    Produced and sold by the Fibromyalgia Association of Houston, Inc. (FMAH), this 60-page booklet is intended as a primer for the newly diagnosed patient who may be overwhelmed with the physical, emotional, and financial baggage that is part and parcel of fibromyalgia syndrome. Contributing to the publication are two rheumatologists (Richard Rubin, M.D., and Thomas Romano, M.D., Ph.D.), a psychologist (Roberta Diddel, Ph.D.), an attorney (Pi-Yi Mayo, J.D.), and four members of the FMAH. In addition to no-nonsense chapters on (1) FMS history; (2) symptoms and diagnosis; (3) medications and treatment; and (3) grief, identity disruption, and adaptation–all written by medical experts, the FMAH writers provide a wide range of insights and practical tips for coping with daily life, exercise, relationships, and healthcare providers. The booklet is also unique in acknowledging the financial pressures faced by many patients and offers both a physician’s and an attorney’s viewpoint of the Social Security system as it affects fibromyalgia patients along with valuable caveats and suggestions for those applying for benefits. $9.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling. Quantity discounts are also available. Send your check or money order made payable to “FMAH” to: P.O. Box 2174, Bellaire, TX 77402.

  • Fibromyalgia: Fighting Back, by Bev Spencer, LRH Publications, 1992 (40 pages, softcover)

    This 40-page booklet, with a foreword by Glenn McCain, M.D., contains a variety of practical strategies for coping with fibromyalgia syndrome. It guides the newly diagnosed fibromyalgia patient through initial feelings of confusion and powerlessness and provides concrete strategies for regaining control and reducing pain. It also offers a wide variety of useful tips for combatting stress and managing fatigue and memory problems. Rounding out this inspirational booklet are suggestions on how to take stock of your life and readjust your expectations of yourself and your dealings with others. $5.00 plus $1.95 shipping/handling. Quantity prices available. Checks or money orders should be in U.S. funds made payable to “LRH Publications”. Mail orders to LRH Publications, Box 100, Station A, Fredericton, NB E3B 4Y2, Canada. Fax: 506/450-1992.

Basic Books on Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain

  • When Muscle Pain Won’t Go Away: The Relief Handbook for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Muscle Pain, Third Edition, by Gayle Backstrom with Dr. Bernard Rubin, Taylor Publishing Company, 1998 (224 pages, softcover)

    Gayle Backstrom, freelance writer, teacher, and fibromyalgia patient, and Dr. Bernard Rubin, Professor of Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, have just recently published this newest edition of the bestselling title, When Muscle Pain Won’t Go Away. In addition to comprehensive chapters on FMS symptoms and diagnosis; associated conditions; and medication and treatment, including physical therapy, Backstrom and Rubin also provide informative sections on fibromyalgia in children, cognitive behavioral training, occupational therapy, establishing support systems, and fibromyalgia in the workplace. The handbook also acknowledges the many changes that patients might expect when adjusting to living with fibromyalgia and offers insight into how “The 4 P’s”–planning, priorities, play, and pacing–might be helpful in everyday life. Recent research has begun to acknowledge fibromyalgia as a syndrome because of its many associated conditions. When Muscle Pain Won’t Go Away is a useful reminder of the impact that fibromyalgia can have on the entire body, including the gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiovascular, and autonomic nervous systems. The handbook provides a wealth of information to those newly diagnosed and includes useful listings of fibromyalgia healthcare providers, resources, publications, support groups, researchers, and online sources. $16.75/book includes shipping/ handling via U.S. Priority Mail. Texas residents add $1 sales tax. Mail check/ money orders made payable to Gayle Backstrom and mail to: 2212-94 Fort Worth Drive, Denton, TX 76205.

  • Managing PAIN Before It Manages You, by Margaret A. Gaudill, MD., Ph.D, The Guilford Press, 1995 (223 pages, softcover)

    Although it includes only one page dealing directly with fibromyalgia, Margaret A. Caudill’s workbook is of interest to fibromyalgia patients. What it provides is a wide variety of do-it-yourself techniques for dealing with chronic pain, as well as interesting chapters on both the psychology and the physiology of pain. While many of the coping strategies described can undoubtedly be found separately in other publications, this is quite a comprehensive collection . Of special interest to FMS patients are the breathing exercises, cognitive therapy tasks, and the four-page “Dysfunctional Attitude Survey” which the author indicates should be “very valuable in identifying self-defeating attitudes”. $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping/handling. Send check or money order to Guilford Publications, Inc., Dept. RF1, 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express also accepted. Phone: 800/365-7006. Fax: 212/966-6708. Website: www.guilford.com.

  • The Fibromyalgia Help Book, by Jenny Fransen, R.N., and I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D., Smith House Press, 1996 ( 241 pages, softcover)

    Written by a rheumatology nurse clinician and an internationally recognized fibromyalgia researcher/clinical practitioner, The Fibromyalgia Help Book is a practical informational guide for managing fibromyalgia. The book includes medically accurate information on possible causes of FMS, medical management, lifestyle adjustments, employment issues, symptom management, FMS in children, and research. Also of interest are chapters on handling memory and concentration problems, fatigue, stress, and flare-ups. Written for fibromyalgia patients, medical professionals, FMS support groups, and persons seeking to better understand fibromyalgia. $18.85 plus $4.00 shipping/handling ($6.00 Canada). Quantity discounts also available. Send check/money order or credit card information (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express) to: Smith House Press, P.O. Box 17948, St. Paul, MN 55117. Phone: 888/220-5402. Fax: 651/490-1450. Website: www.SmithHousePress.com.

  • New York ’98: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Fibromyalgia, Betsy Jacobson, Editor, Anadem Publishing, Inc., 1998 (271 pages, spiral-bound softcover).

    If you were unable to attend the New York ’98 fibromyalgia conference hosted by Betsy and Kenny Jacobson, you can now savor some of the compelling information presented by its speakers. New York ’98: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Fibromyalgia contains the text of most of the talks along with other valuable resource material. Arranged in alphabetical order by author, the excellent articles include, “Understanding Fibromyalgia: A Review of the Exciting New Discoveries that Explain Why You Hurt”(by Robert Bennett, M.D.); “The Politics of Pain” (by William E. Hurwitz, M.D., J.D.); “A Story of Discovery”( an article on attention deficit disorder by Philip R. Kavanaugh, M.D. ); “Mechanisms of Qigong Healing in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome” (by Paddy Kennedy); and much more. Be sure to check out the valuable exercise and treatment tips offered by Sharon Clark, Ph.D., in “Fibromyalgia Fitness Strategies”, and by Mark Pellegrino, M.D., in “Rehabilitation: What Does It Mean to You?”. Betsy Jacobson’s “Suggestions for Adding Laughter to Your Life” is worth a special look as well. $25.00 plus $3.50 shipping/handling. Mail check/money order or Visa/Mastercard information to: Anadem Publishing, Inc., 3620 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. Credit card orders may also be placed by phone (800/633-0055), by fax (614/262-6630), or via the Anadem website (www.anadem.com).

  • Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia: A Self-Management Program for your Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Fifth Edition, by Julie Kelly, M.S., R.N., and Rosalie Devonshire, M.S.W., B.A. Edited by Thomas Romano, M.D., Ph.D., Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 2005 (288 pages, paperback)

    Suitable for patients, healthcare professionals, and support group leaders, this handbook contains informative chapters on stress management, sleep disturbance, diet/nutrition, medications, coping tips, work issues, pioneering treatments, flare-up management, disability, doctor-patient relationships, and more. Worksheets included. $18.95 plus $5.00 shipping/handling ($7.00 Canada). Click here to order.
    (Note: Fibromyalgia Educational Systems also offers a comprehensive educational program designed for health educators consisting of 129 slides, a teaching manual, and the above handbook. Individual parts can be ordered separately. For more information, contact Fibromyalgia Educational Systems, Inc., 500 Bushaway Road, Wayzata, MN 55391-1912, the educational program, and to see samples if the colored slides.)

  • The Fibromyalgia Survivor, by Mark Pellegrino, M.D., Anadem Publishing, Inc., 1995 (128 pages, softcover)

    One of Dr. Pellegrino’s most popular books, The Fibromyalgia Survivor is designed to give individuals with fibromyalgia step-by-step advice for living life to the fullest. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) himself and specializing in FMS treatment in his medical practice, Dr. Pellegrino is in a unique position to offer detailed strategies for overcoming fatigue, managing flare-ups, keeping house, traveling, succeeding in the work place, monitoring pain, handling the holidays, starting the day, and much more. To his credit, Dr. Pellegrino also offers advice on alternative medicine and pregnancy, topics often ignored elsewhere. Also presented is “Fibronomics”, four key principles that help to minimize pain in every situation. $19.50 each plus $3.50 shipping/handling. Mail check/money order or Visa/Mastercard information to: Anadem Publishing, Inc., 3620 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. Credit card orders may also be placed by phone (800/633-0055), by fax (614/262-6630), or via the Anadem website (www.anadem.com).

  • The Fibromyalgia Supporter, by Mark Pellegrino, M,D., Anadem Publishing, Inc., 1997 (82 pages, softcover)

    Written for the loved ones (e.g., “supporters”) of FMS patients, this book helps to explain how it feels to have fibromyalgia and explores in a non-judgmental way how persons with fibromyalgia and their loved ones can develop better relationships. Not only does it contain good discussions of the basics of fibromyalgia (i.e., symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment), it also provides insight and humor regarding the various types of “supporters” and their relationship to their partners. $15.50 plus $3.50 shipping/handling. Mail check/money order or Visa/Mastercard information to: Anadem Publishing, Inc., 3620 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. Credit card orders may also be placed by phone (800/633-0055), by fax (614/262-6630), or via the Anadem website (www.anadem.com).

  • The Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting the Support You Need to Cope with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome, by Devin Starlanyl, M.D., New Harbinger Publications, 1998 (377 pages, softcover).

    This new resource guide contains a lot more than its title implies. Not only will it help you navigate Social Security, Worker’s Compensation, Medicare, COBRA, HMO bureaucracies, disability insurance, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, it offers tools to establish constructive relationships with medical professionals, employers, family members, and friends. The book also contains basic information on fibromyalgia and myofasical pain syndrome for patients as well as an innovative set of “specialty-specific” fact sheets which one can share with the not necessarily “FMS-aware” doctors that (s)he sees for non-fibromyalgia complaints (e.g., “What Your Allergist Should Know”; “What Your Gastroenterologist Should Know”, and so on). Also of interest is the FMS/MPS Petition included in Appendix C. $18.95. Available at bookstores or from New Harbinger Publications by check/money order or Visa/Mastercard (call for applicable shipping/handling charges). New Harbinger Publications, 5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609. Phone: 800/748-6273 or 510/652-0215. Fax: 510/652-5472.

  • Making Sense of Fibromyalgia: A Guide for Patients and Their Families, by Daniel J. Wallace, M.D., and Janice Brock Wallace, Oxford University Press, 1999, (242 pages, hardcover).

    Up-to-date and accurate information presented in short, reader-friendly chapters is the hallmark of this little book which provides a thorough overview of fibromyalgia syndrome. Though compiled largely for the newly diagnosed and their families, four enlightening, but somewhat complex, chapters on “Basic Science and Fibromyalgia” will challenge even the well-read FMS patient. Also included are verbal “snapshots” of actual fibromyalgia patients used to explain different concepts. $25.00. For ordering information, contact the Oxford University Press, Inc., 198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Also available online via www.amazon.com.

  • Fibromyalgia: A Comprehensive Approach (What You Can Do About Chronic Pain and Fatigue), by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson, Walker and Company, 1996, (216 pages, softcover)

    This book contains a multi-faceted, discussion of fibromyalgia written by a technical journalist who has fibromyalgia. Included is basic information on the symptoms, management, and possible causes of FMS, related illnesses; as well as special chapters on fibromyalgia in children; fibromyalgia and one’s private life; and fibromyalgia and work. The text is interwoven with case histories, and relevant research is included as needed. Foreword by David A. Nye, M.D. $14.95 plus $3.50 shipping/handling. Send orders to: Walker and Company, 435 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014.

  • The Fibromyalgia Relief Book: 213 Ideas for Improving Your Quality of Life, by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson, Walker and Company, 1998. (208 pages, softcover)

    If you are one who prefers not to learn by trial and error, this book will save you toil and trouble with hundreds of tips to help you through your days (and nights). Williamson combines the “time and motion” skills she gleaned from her engineer father with hints and guidelines gathered from medical professionals and other FMS patients and offers chapters on housekeeping, recreation, work, travel, sleep, sexual intimacy, and much more. Foreword by Mary Anne Saathoff, R.N., M.S.N. $14.95 plus $3.50 shipping/handling. Send orders to: Walker and Company, 435 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014.

Disability

  • Disability and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Clinical, Legal, and Patient Perspectives, edited by Nancy Klimas, M.D., and Robert Patarca, M.D., Ph.D., The Haworth Medical Press, 1998 (116 pages, softcover)

    This book includes a discussion of how to diagnose disability in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients, how to determine the severity of a patient’s disability, and how new disability guidelines would make more CFS patients eligible for disability benefits. Also provided are an outline of disability guidelines established by the Social Security Administration, the Veteran’s Administraion, and the American Medical Association, as well as federal guidelines. $14.95. Send check, money order, or Visa/Mastercard information to the Haworth Press, 10 Alice Street, Binghamtom, NY 13904-1580. Phone: 800/Haworth. Fax: 800/895-0582 or 607/722-6362. Website: www.haworthpressinc.com.

  • Understanding Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia, by Mark Pellegrino, M.D., Anadem Publishing, Inc., 1996. (130 pages, softcover)

    This one-of-a-kind book provides an overview of the medical/ legal issues associated with fibromyalgia triggered by injury. Dr. Pellegrino describes how post-traumatic fibromyalgia differs from other forms of fibromyalgia and helps patients to handle post-traumatic FMS from the doctor’s office to the courtroom. Of special interest are the sections on whiplash injury, medical history/physical exam, diagnostic testing, treatment, prognosis, multiple traumas, and fibromyalgia existing both before and after trauma. $16.25 plus $3.50 shipping/handling. Mail check/money order or Visa/Mastercard information to: Anadem Publishing, Inc., 3620 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. Credit card orders may also be placed by phone (800/633-0055), by fax (614/262-6630), or via the Anadem website (www.anadem.com).

  • Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants: Managing Your Application for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, Fourth Edition, by Douglas M. Smith, Attorney at Law, Physicians’ Disability Services, Inc. 1997 (140 pages, softcover)

    This valuable workbook answers such questions as: What is Social Security Disability Insurance ? How do I prove disability? How do I appeal when benefits are denied? How do I get and organize evidence? How do I monitor my case? How do I respond to continuing disability reviews? Includes worksheets, charts, frequently asked questions, and more. $19.95 plus $4.50 shipping/handling. Send check/money order to: Physicians’ Disability Services, Inc., P.O. Box 827, Arnold, MD 21012. Phone: 410/431-5279.

  • Also by Douglas M. Smith, Esq.:
    • PdS Disability Facts and Social Security Trends–A quarterly newsletter designed to keep you abreast of changes in the laws, regulations, and policies related to Social Security Disability. Published in newsletter format, it offers insights on proving disability, exploring income- increasing opportunities without losing your benefits, and much more. $19.95/year. Send check/money order to: Physicians’ Disability Services, Inc., P.O. Box 827, Arnold, MD 21012. Phone: 410/431-5279.

Research

  • Musculoskeletal Pain Emanating from the Head and Neck: Current Concepts in Diagnosis, Management, and Cost Containment, edited by Murray E. Allen, The Haworth Press, 1996 (187 pages, hardcover)

    This book is a multi-authored work containing the proceedings of the Banff Symposium. Concentrating on whiplash and other post-traumatic injuries to the head and neck, it teaches readers specifically about injury mechanisms, threshold for injury, impact severity; long-term outcomes for whiplash injury; dizziness, imbalance, and chronic incapacity; TMJ disorders; manipulation and mobilization therapies, and more. $34.95 plus $3.00 shipping/handling. To order, send check/money order or credit card information (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) to: The Haworth Press, 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580. Phone: 800/Haworth. Fax: 800/895-0582 or 607/722-6362. Website: www.haworthpressinc.com.

  • Clinical Bulletin Of Myofascial Therapy: The Practical Journal for the Soft-Tissue Practitioner, The Haworth Medical Press

    This multi-disciplinary journal, formerly titled the Journal of Myofascial Therapy, is for doctors and therapists in active clinical practice. Its goal is to provide clinically useful information on myofascial therapy, defined by the editor as “any technique or procedure that may relieve or prevent pain, dysfunction, or other signs or symptoms of abnormality related to the myofascial tissues of the body.” Although the greatest emphasis is on myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia, other conditions indirectly affecting the myofascia (i.e. hypothyroidism, growth hormone deficiency, chronic fatigue syndrome, vitamin deficiencies, candida infestation, and organophosphate-induced genetic mutations) are covered as well. Individual subscriptions are $36. Canadians should add 20% to the subscription rate and 7% for Canadian GST. To order, send check/money order or credit card information (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) to: The Haworth Press, 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580. Phone: 800/Haworth. Fax: 800/895-0582 or 607/722-6362. Website: www.haworthpressinc.com.

  • The Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, edited by I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D., The Haworth Medical Press

    For those interested in keeping up with new fibromyalgia and chronic pain research, the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain provides a wealth of new information in each issue. Edited by eminent fibromyalgia researcher I.Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D., and featuring an international who’s who of distinguished researchers on its editorial board, the journal offers the latest in research, the proceedings of conferences and special seminars, as well as book reviews. The cost of a individual subscription is $32.40/year or $57.60 for two years. To order, send check/money order or credit card information (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) to: The Haworth Press, 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580. Phone: 800/Haworth. Fax: 800/895-0582 or 607/722-6362. Website: www.haworthpressinc.com.

Special Topics

  • Manifesto for a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies, by James S. Gordon, M.D., Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., 1996 (358 pages–hardcover; 368 pages–1997 softcover)

    Have you ever wished you could sit down with a medical expert and get no-nonsense information about alternative therapies available for the treatment of chronic conditions (i.e. what they are and how they work)? Do you hate the thought of giving up on traditional medicine but tire of being told to “live with it”? If your answer to either question is yes, then you might want to check out this book by Dr. James Gordon. Harvard-trained, and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Gordon is also Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., and Chairman of the Program Advisory Council of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine. He is unique in having mastered the tenets of traditional medicine while actively learning the doctrines and methodologies of a wide range of alternative health care approaches, often using himself as a guinea pig. In his new book, Dr. Gordon shares much of the wisdom he has accumulated, discusses the fundamentals of alternative therapies, and offers a framework for a new approach to modern medical care. List price: Hardcover-$25.00; Softcover-$13.00. Available in bookstores or the World Wide Web at www.amazon.com.

  • Living with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: Daily Reflections for Coping, by Gwyneth Graham and Camilla Lawson, RPN, Gralaw Enterprises, 1998 (96 pages, softcover)

    Compiled by Ontario Fibromyalgia Association members Gwyneth Graham and Camilla Lawson, RPN, Living with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: Daily Reflections for Coping, contains 90 readings on a wide range of fibromyalgia-related topics. In the words of co-author Camilla Lawson: “This is a book about pain and suffering, courage and hope, loss and regeneration. United by the common bond of fibromyalgia and chronic pain, we share our insights of daily living with others in similar circumstances. In the midst of our struggles, disappointments, and frustrations, we demonstrate how we’ve taken control of our lives and illness, becoming empowered in the process. Through grief, loss, and pain, we have woven into our lives a fabric of sound coping mechanisms, healthy attitudes, and a keen desire to live productive and meaningful lives.” $7.95 (Canadian dollars). Add $2 postage and handling per book. Send your check or money order payable to: Gralaw Enterprises, P.O. Box 66608, Stoney Creek Postal Outlet, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada L8G 5B5. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. $1 from the sale of each book will be donated to the research fund of the Ontario Fibromyalgia Association.

  • The Fibromyalgia Chef, by Mark J. Pellegrino, M.D., and Ann M. Evans, Anadem Publishing, Inc., 1997 (197 pages, spiral-bound softcover)

    The Fibromyalgia Chef, an advice-cum-recipe book by the prolific fibromyalgia author Dr. Mark Pellegrino and Ann M. Evans, is a recent offering from Anadem Publishing Company. The book addresses all aspects of food purchasing and preparation for individuals with fibromyalgia syndrome. The authors discuss special eating problems related to FMS, nutritional needs, smart shopping, kitchen organization, and time-saving cooking tips. And while some of their attempts to be cute and clever (See “A Recipe for Disaster,” p. 17, and “Full-Court Press Treatment Pie,” p. 67 ) may make you want to barbecue the book, there is also plenty of good advice and some usable recipes for actual food. Most of the recipes feature ease of preparation, containing five or fewer ingredients (See “Believe It Or Not Pork Chops,” p.151, consisting of pork chops, ketchup, and cola, or “Ham-Yam Apple Skillet,” p.152, which features ham, yams, apples and brown sugar). The authors also purport to be interested in low-fat cookery, but then include “Peanut Butter Parfait” (p.190 ), containing butter, cream cheese, peanut butter, and whipped topping, and “Real Fettucine Alfredo” (p.143 ), made with butter, whipping cream, and cheese. On the other hand, “Wedding Soup” (p.95 ), chock full of chicken, healthy veggies, herbs and pasta, sounds intriguing, as do “San Marcos Yo Yo Coffee Cake” (p.169 ) and “Mama Marschinke’s Miracle Meat Loaf” (p.119). $15.50 plus $3.50 shipping and handling. Mail check/money order or Visa/Mastercard information to: Anadem Publishing, Inc., 3620 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. Credit card orders may also be placed by phone (800/633-0055), by fax (614/262-6630), or via the Anadem website (www.anadem.com).

  • TMJ: Its Many Faces–Diagnosis of TMJ and Related Disorders, 2nd Edition, by Wesley Shankland II, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Anadem Publishing, Inc., 1998 (228 pages, softcover)

    In this second edition of his highly respected book on temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, Dr. Shankland provides a complete and careful overview of the symptoms, known causes, diagnosis, and treatment of TMJ in terminology that the average reader can understand and that a medical professional can respect. However, he also goes much farther by describing in detail the many conditions that mimic TMJ as well as the pain and other illnesses that commonly accompany it. Also of particular interest to TMJ patients are the self-help techniques (i.e., exercises and nutraceutical support) that Dr. Shankland shares. $19.50 plus $3.50 shipping/handling from Anadem Publishing, Inc., Mail check/money order or Visa/Mastercard information to: Anadem Publishing, Inc., 3620 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. Charge orders may also be placed by phone (800/633-0055), by fax (614/262-6630), or via the Anadem website (www.anadem.com). Also available from Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores, from Dr. Shankland’s office (phone: 614/794-0033; fax: 614/794-2291), or via his website: www.netset.com/~docws.

  • Preventing and Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, by Roger Williams, OTR/L, The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 1994. (21 pages, softcover)

    If you need accurate, easily understood information about carpal tunnel syndrome, take a look at this 21-page booklet by Roger Williams, OTR/L, and published by The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. While Williams deals primarily with the management of this syndrome, he offers a bit of history about the condition and discusses testing and diagnosis, as well as symptoms. The easily understood diagrams are a plus. Williams explains that “there are numerous exercises that may greatly benefit patients with carpal tunnel syndrome”. He introduces several simple exercises that are an important part of the treatment plan to correct, improve, and/or rehabilitate this condition. He then offers conservative therapeutic management techniques, including heat and stretch regimens and joint mobilization. Williams explains that if symptoms persist, compression of the median nerve is severe, or when there is a risk of permanent nerve damage, surgery, as a last resort, is strongly recommended. His simplistic description of the surgical procedure and follow-up are helpful. Although this booklet was written in 1994, the information is still up-to-date and quite useful. Available from The American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Phone: 301/652-2682; Fax: 301/652-7711; TDD: 800/377-8555. Online: www.aota.org. When calling for price/ordering information, be sure to ask about their informative 51-page booklet, Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Getting Healthy, by Jeanne L. Melvin, M.S., O.T.R., F.A.O.T.A (1996).

  • Memory Minder Personal Health Journal (200 pages+, spiral-bound softcover)

    This handy journal is specially designed for those who wish to carefully monitor their health conditions on a daily basis. Pages are set up for the recording of diet, medications, physical activity, pain and other symptoms, sugar level, blood pressure, weight, sleep habits, and more. A special section for medical records and a vinyl utility pocket for appointment cards and receipts is also included Contains over 200 pages. Leatherette cover is available in navy, red, or mauve. $12.95 plus $2.50 shipping/handling. Quantity discounts available. Send check or money order to: MemoryMinder, P.O. Box 23108, Eugene, OR 97402-0425.

Brand New Releases

  • Herbal Medicinals: A Clinician’s Guide, [Edited by Lucinda Miller, PharmD, and Wallace J. Murray, Ph.D., The Haworth Press (434 pages, hardcover & softcover)

    This new 400-page book covers the use of herbal remedies for such medical conditions as hypertension, gastrointestinal problems, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, diabetes, asthma, anxiety and depression, dermatologic conditions, gynecologic concerns, and more. It also discusses how herbal medicines interact, both favorably and unfavorably, with conventional medicines. Featured are case studies, tables/figures, treatment regimes, diagnostic criteria, dosages, and side effects. Hardcover $59.95, Softcover $39.95 (plus $3.00 shipping/handling–$4.75 outside the U.S.). To order, send check/money order of credit card information (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) to: The Haworth Press, Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580. Phone: 800/Haworth or 607/722-5857. Fax: 800/895-0582 or 607/771-0012. Or visit the Haworth Press website at: www.haworthpressinc.com.

Important Note: The book prices included on the preceding pages are list prices based on the most up-to-date information provided by publishers and are subject to change without notice. Appropriate sales tax should be added by persons ordering from publishing houses located in their home states. Special quantity prices are available for some listed books; for details on a particular book, check with its publisher. It should also be noted that some of the books described are also available in libraries, bookstores, and on the World Wide Web (see for example, www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com, etc.).