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Alopecia areata : understanding and coping with hair loss

by Thompson, Wendy J. A.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 616.546 TH
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  616.546 TH
Alopecia areata is an unpredictable disorder that affects more than two and a half million men, women, and children in the United States and Canada. Causing patchy hair loss on the scalp and sometimes elsewhere on the body, this mysterious, noncontagious condition can be treated but it cannot yet be cured. Alopecia Areata: Understanding and Coping with Hair Loss is a sensitive yet straightforward guide to the diagnosis and treatment of this poorly understood disease. With great compassion, the authors explain how hair loss can profoundly affect a person's quality of life. They discuss what it means to be diagnosed with alopecia areata, and provide medically reliable information on the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment options. Thompson and Shapiro also offer practical strategies for living with alopecia areata, which can go in and out of remission without any apparent reason. They discuss the physical and psychological adjustments to wearing a hairpiece and give pointers on selecting, securing, and maintaining a wig, whether human hair or synthetic, custom or ready-made. Alopecia Areata includes a chapter devoted to the special needs of children with this condition and concludes with an epilogue that tells the story of a day in the life of a woman with alopecia areata, illustrating the various challenges she faces and the strategies she uses to cope with these challenges. "The book is an excellent source of information about the disease and the roller coaster emotional ride that usually accompanies it... A pleasure to read because of its intimate style and humor. It will go a long way in helping those with alopecia areata." -- Vera H. Price, M.D., professor of dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
Additional Information
Subjects Alopecia areata.
Publisher Baltimore :Johns Hopkins University Press,1996
Contributors Shapiro, Jerry.
Language English
Description xix, 180 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [159]-175) and index.
ISBN 0801853524 (hc : alk. paper)
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