Quality of Life Guides

The American Academy of Neurology's series of educational books provides valuable information to individuals with neurologic disease and their caregivers. Each volume provides in-depth coverage of conditions such as spinal cord injury, epilepsy, pain, restless legs syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and migraine and other headaches. The latest information and treatment options are provided by authors who are trusted experts on each topic.

Spinal Cord Injury

By Michael Selzer, MD, and Bruce Dobkin, MD

The newest title in the AAN educational book series, this is an authoritative and reliable resource for anyone looking to inform themselves on traumatic spinal cord injury.

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Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing Your Life

By Ilo E. Leppik, MD

If you have epilepsy, this book can help you regain control of your life with answers to your questions about how epilepsy is diagnosed and treated. Learn how medication, diet, and lifestyle changes can help improve the quality of your care and bring your life back into balance.

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"...A resource no epileptic or family member can be without: it offers practical answers to common questions about the condition and is especially valuable for those newly diagnosed...."
—Midwest Book Review

Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop

By Norman Latov, MD, PhD

A clear, concise explanation by a leading expert of the many causes and symptoms of neuropathy and how it can be managed. Learn how therapies and alternative medicines may bring relief, and how to properly care for your feet. Gain insights from personal stories of people living well with neuropathy and enhance the quality of your care.

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"From drug therapies and foot care to management of chronic pain and nerve damage at all stages, Peripheral Neuropathy is an excellent, easy guide to understanding all the options."
—Midwest Book Review

Understanding Pain: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How It's Managed

By Harry J. Gould, III, MD, PhD

This book can help you understand the complex nature of pain and different treatment options to manage it. Get clear explanations on how pain affects the brain, what you can do to live better in spite of chronic pain, and how to communicate more effectively with your doctors and other health care providers. The quality of your care will be enhanced by greater knowledge of this disorder.

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"Among the unique characteristics of the book are the suggestions on how to give a complete pain history to a health care provider and the emphasis on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach.... The book meets a need for many patients and families struggling to deal with this very common condition."
—Doody's Reviews

Restless Legs Syndrome: Coping with Your Sleepless Nights

By Mark J. Buchfuhrer, MD; Wayne Hening, MD, PhD; and Clete Kushida, MD

Don't let restless legs syndrome stand between you and a good night's sleep. Learn what causes restless legs, discover effective drug and non-drug treatments, and how lifestyle changes can help improve daily living. The quality of your care will be enhanced by greater knowledge and understanding of this disorder.

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"An important key to understanding this condition and resolving many of its problems."
—Midwest Book Review

Guillain-Barre Syndrome: From Diagnosis to Recovery

By Gareth J. Parry, MB, ChB, FRACP, and Joel S. Steinberg, MD, PhD

Written by someone who has lived with this illness, this book offers helpful insights on causes, initial symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments and outcomes of Guillain-Barre. Get the most out of therapy and workplace adjustments, and learn how to improve emotional issues and intimacy challenges. The quality of care will be enhanced by greater understanding of this disorder.

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"From rehabilitation to acute care and coming home again, Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a 'must' for any serious health library."
—Midwest Book Review

Alzheimer's Disease

By Paul Dash, MD, and Nicole Villemarette-Pittman, PhD

Written by experts from the American Academy of Neurology for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, this important book will help you understand the disease and live more fully. Includes a glossary of medical terms, lists of helpful resources, and information on treating depression and other behavioral symptoms.

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"This book is an essential tool for all families coping with Alzheimer's disease."
—Austin J. Sumner, MD, FAAN

Migraine and Other Headaches

By William B. Young, MD, and Stephen D. Silberstein, MD

Migraine and Other Headaches is for anyone who is seeking long-term relief from headache pain. Learn the causes, treatments, and preventions of migraine, cluster, tension-type headaches, and more. Learn about medications, alternative therapies, how to find a good headache doctor, and overcoming insurance barriers.

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"An excellent guide for those experiencing headaches who want better care or more information about their condition."
—Robert B. Daroff, MD, FAAN, Past President, American Headache Society

Stroke

By Louis R. Caplan, MD

If you or someone you love has had a stroke, you know it can be a tremendous challenge. Empower yourself and speed recovery with this helpful book. Learn the causes of stroke, how it affects the brain and body, and the latest treatment options. Get answers to your questions about rehabilitation, insurance issues, and preventing future strokes.

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"Dr. Caplan's clinical insights and closeness to the human condition make the book useful and interesting. His direct writing style makes it easy to read and the reader can easily comprehend what otherwise seems so mysterious."
—Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, FAAN, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

By Robert G. Miller, MD; Deborah Gelinas, MD; and Patricia O'Connor, RN

New treatments for ALS may help enhance and extend the quality of life for people with this disease. Leading experts share valuable information to help patients and caregivers with daily activities, find support resources, and work with insurance companies.

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"You'll find answers to all questions and more in this highly readable book."
—MDA/ALS Newsmagazine, January 2005