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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (30 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569242836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569242834
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Mississippi, James L. Dickerson is the author of twenty-six books, and over 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles; he has worked as a magazine editor and publisher, newspaper editor, reporter, columnist, book critic, and social worker.
Dickerson's book, The Mojo Triangle, was the winner of a 2006 IPPY award (Independent Publisher Book Awards) in the non-fiction category. Two other books, Goin' Back to Memphis and That's Alright, Elvis, were finalists for the Gleason Award. Reprint rights to Dickerson's books have been sold to publishers in Australia and China, where two of his books have been translated into Chinese.

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James L. Dickerson is the founder of Sartoris Literary Group and is the author of 20 nonfiction books. He was diagnosed with cryptogenic cirrhosis in 2005. He lives in Brandon, Mississippi. Fredric Regenstein, MD is chief of clinical hepatology at the Tulane University Medical Center and co-director of the Transplant Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Laird on 27 Nov. 2009
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I'm probably too critical, perhaps because I'm a doctor and have access to the British Medical Journal and the online BMJ Learning modules, but I didn't find out much I didn't already know. Having been a psychiatrist, I found the book underestimates the effort required to make the suggested lifestyle changes and am sceptical over the effectiveness of alternative medicine. I didn't think much of the chapter on depression either. Something on dealing with the sheer anger about having cirrhosis might have been useful too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very readable. Probably the best reference for a non-medical person 23 Nov. 2008
By John C. Cox - Published on
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Note: This book is not written by a doctor.
This is both a good and a bad thing.
The good part is that it is readable. It is very informative.

It has many good points and seems well researched.

The author is a very good writer, and can guide us through the phases of Cirrhosis.

The bad part is that the book is not written by doctors -- so is not really a manual for medical diagnosis. It is not really a book for medical treatment.

Definitely seek the assistance of a Liver Specialist.

It is also written in 2006 -- so may not be current with the most recent medical treatments available.

Overall, this is a good book to have if you or a loved one is diagnosed with Cirrhosis.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A very good first step 8 Mar. 2007
By Carol - Published on
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This book gave a lot of good information and insight on things to ask. I highly recommend it - not just for the patient but for the family too.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Many Have Cirrhosis 27 Jan. 2008
By C. Morse - Published on
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This book is written for those who are newly diagnosed with cirrhosis as well as those who may be headed that way. It's also an excellent book for the family and other loved ones of the liver patient. Cirrhosis can be caused by hepatitis B, hepatitis C, autoimmune hepatitis, alcoholism, NASH, certain medications, and other diseases. This book is highly recommended for those who want to know more about what cirrhosis is, its symptoms, its prognosis, and what transplant entails.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cirrhosis 6 Dec. 2009
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This is a harsh dianosis. If you are struggling to make sense of it all. You want to know what to do or have a family member dealing with this and you want to understand the disease and what you can do to slow its progression this is the book for you. It is written so the layman can understand it and it comes all aspects of the disease. It truly does cover the first year after diagnosis.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very Informative 6 Jun. 2008
By SAM - Published on
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Since I have been recently diagnosed with cirrhosis I found the book to be
excellent, positive and very informative, especially since there isn't
much information out there and I hadn't actually seen a Dr. an appointment
was made. I had several symptoms and I was able to be prepared for what
was ahead. Thankyou Mr Dickerson and I wish good health to you now & in the
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