Multiple Sclerosis – The Essential Guide
Review by Anne Rampton
This book on Multiple Sclerosis is written by Leonie Martin, who has MS, which means that she has a complete understanding of the challenges that people face with this puzzling disease and what they need to know.
This essential guide is lightweight and easy to hold, the lay-out is clear and concise, not complicated at all. Each chapter ends with a very useful ‘summing up’ of what has been covered in the chapter. The wording is informative and sympathetically written; this has the result of the reader getting a better grasp of the information.
There is no index but this does not matter as the book contains a straight-forward contents. At the back of the book there is a list of publications from the MS Society and the MS Trust, a bibliography and a help list that contains very useful entries such as contacts for Getting Around, Equipment and Adaptations and Disability Organisations.
Each chapter is set out well with clear headings followed by an explanation of the specific subject that is covered in that chapter. The subjects covered span from explaining what MS is, why me? diagnosis, relapses, relationships, depression and much more.
I particularly found the comparisons between the way diagnosis has changed from 1950 to the present day interesting, there is so much more research and understanding of the disease now. The subject of research is covered in one of the chapters.
Within the chapters there are encouraging case studies of individual people who describe how they cope with the everyday challenges that they (and we) face.
I would recommend looking at this excellent book whether you are newly diagnosed or have suffered from MS for a longer period of time. I found the book very encouraging and reassuring and is definitely a ‘guide’.