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Living With Hepatitis C: A Survivor's Guide.

Floch, Martin H., M.D.

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: January 2003 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 89
Book, CD ROM, and DVD Reviews

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Yale University School of Medicine

Living With Hepatitis C: A Survivor's Guide. Gregory T. Everson, M.D., F.A.C.P., and Hedy Weinberg. Hatherleigh Press, Long Island City, NY, 2002; 291 pages, $15.95.

This is the third edition of a book specifically written for patients with hepatitis C and the lay public. It is interesting that there is a forward for the second edition (completed in 1999) but none for the third, which was published in 2002, bringing the information up to date. It includes the latest therapies and the complications associated with the management of hepatitis C. It is coauthored by an expert in liver disease and a patient.

The information in the book is accurate, it is well written, and it is sensitive to the patient's needs. This reviewer strongly recommends this book for patients with hepatitis C who are seeking information. The cost is not high relative to the benefits derived by the patient in owning and being able to refer to this book, which would answer almost all of the questions for my patients. Patients do need some verbal interpretation, and, therefore, it is a very handy reference for them to use for their patient–doctor contacts and further explanations.

It is up-to-date and includes discussions on pegylated interferon and liver transplantation, and I highly recommend that it be in every practitioner's office to be used as a reference for the patients and as a model book.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.