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The effects of polio that occur decades after the disease has run its course--weakness, fatigue, pain, intolerance to cold, difficulty with breathing and swallowing--are often more devastating than the original disease. This book on the diagnosis and management of polio-related health problems is an essential resource for polio survivors and their families and health care providers. Dr. Julie K. Silver, who has both personal and professional experience with post-polio syndrome, begins the book by defining and describing PPS and providing a historical overview of its diagnosis and treatment. Chapters that follow discuss finding good medical care, dealing with symptoms, maintaining proper nutrition and weight, preventing osteoporosis and falls, and sustaining mobility. Dr. Silver reviews the latest in braces, shoes, assistive devices, and wheelchairs and scooters. She also explores issues involving managing pain, surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, safe and comfortable living environments, insurance and disability, and sex and intimacy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300088083
ISBN-10: 0300088086
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Julie K. Silver

Julie K. Silver, M.D., is the Medical Director of the International Rehabilitation Center for Polio (IRCP) at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts. Dr. Silver is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Lauro Halstead is director of the Post-Polio Syndrome Program, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, D. C.

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