Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ronald E. Henderson - Attacking Myasthenia Gravis

I've just ordered this book by Ronald E. Henderson for myself and I thought I should put information about it on the blog. Several people have ordered Attacking Myasthenia Gravis from this site so I'm thinking we found a good one. It will be interesting to be able to read what Henderson, a doctor with myasthenia gravis hasto say about his experiences with the disease. And it sounds like Attacking Myasthenia Gravis is much more than his personal account. That's because it views at the disease from different perspectives - including others with MG. Henderson's  perspective is from that of a very active businessman that was forced to make huge changes in his life because of the MG.

Available from Amazon.com Attacking Myasthenia Gravis - by Dr. Ron Henderson.

From the publisher:
Author Dr. Ron Henderson uses his observations and insights, as a longtime physician,  to describe how he is able to live a productive life despite having contracted a rare autoimmune disease known as myasthenia gravis (MG). Three other MG patients are also provided a forum in the book three to share their inspirational and revealing stories. The disease, Myasthenia gravis is unknown to most people. It  means "grave muscle weakness" and causes severe weakness and loss of strength in voluntary muscles in various parts of the body. Sometimes debilitating, myasthenia gravis is an "autoimmune" disease, which involves problems associated with the immune system. With MG, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks neurotransmitter molecules that are needed to control muscle groups.

Dr. Henderson explains the symptoms of myasthenia gravis and the  treatment options that are available today. In addition, the book discusses current research and practical disease-management tips. Because of the book covers MG from various perspectives, Attacking Myasthenia Gravis becomes a useful guide for MG patients, their families, and their physicians. And Dr. Henderson goes further.

Using MG as an example, Dr. Henderson and others provide tips to all who suffer from chronic health problems for which there are treatments but no cures. Forced by MG to retire eight years ago as an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Henderson now enjoys improved health but realizes he can never expect to be well unless a cure is found for MG. In this book, he announces plans to expand research into MG and other autoimmune disease through his founding of the International Autoimmune Disease Research Foundation.

From George Barron: I found the book to be thoroughly disappointing. While I had high hopes of it being an informational resource for people with myasthenia gravis most of the book was the musings of an old and prideful businessman who happened to be a doctor. While there was information about myasthenia gravis included in his musings, I found it to be largely a review of his successful business transactions and challenges peppered with only glimpses of  how myasthenia gravis affected him personally and his business life. As a businessman myself, I did find some of the business stories to be interesting - However, for the average person with myasthenia gravis, I see little need to read this book.

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