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By Kevin Felner and Meg Schneider

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COPD for Dummies
By Dr. Kevin Felner and Meg Schneider
Thorndike Press, Large Print Edition (2009)
ISBN 10: 1-4104-1247-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-4104-1247-8
Genre: Health

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - February 17, 2009

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is a disease that can involve chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. In COPD for Dummies, Dr. Kevin Felner and Meg Schneider explain the ins and outs of COPD in easy to understand language and throughout, medical and technical terms are described in plain English. This book examines the causes of COPD, its symptoms, how it is diagnoses, available treatment options (both medical and alternative treatment options), and life-style changes that you can make that will improve your overall health and which will help minimize your symptoms. Unfortunately, COPD is often misdiagnosed or goes totally undiagnosed in millions of people. The authors discuss in detail why COPD is under-diagnosed, and the steps that can be taken to correct this problem.

One of the most important accomplishments of this book is that it clearly shows that COPD can be effectively treated, and that making simple changes in your diet and by increasing your level of exercise, you can actually slow the progression of the disease. Throughout this book, the authors also examine common myths and misconceptions about COPD and explain what the truth really is. In writing this book they have incorporated all the latest research on COPD, and they explore the latest in medical treatment options that are available - and what looms on the horizon.

The material in this book is divided into five thematic sections that cover: the who, what, and why of COPD, treating COPD, managing your overall health, and living with COPD. The final section contains four different lists that explore various aspects of COPD, such as 'Ten Things to Avoid if you Have COPD'. The book concludes with a helpful glossary of terms. This book is not meant to be read straight through, although it can be. Rather it is meant to be used as a reference guide, one that allows you to easily find the information you need, when you need it.

The text contains practical illustrations that enhance the text and some entertaining cartoons that let you explore the lighter side of COPD. In addition, you'll find a wealth of easy to follow tips that will help you to better deal with this disease and its progression. If you have, or suspect that you have COPD, or if you have a loved one with COPD, this book is essential reading. It will not only help you to take control of your own health care, but by learning about the disease you will be better prepared to deal with it - physically and mentally.

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