Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Help! I Need Dialysis!" - A Masterful Book Offering a Comprehensive Look at Kidney Failure and Dialysis

    When kidney failure and the prospect of dialysis loom ahead, nothing beats a user-friendly, credible reference book. But such books have been few and far between. Dori Schatell and Dr. John Agar have just released the definitive reference, and it should be required reading for anyone even peripherally involved in Kidney World.
  • It's clear and easy to read, distilling hard science into learnable content. You don't have to be a health care professional to read this book - but if you are, you'll find it helpful and non-condescending. This is a perfect reference for health care providers who don't have dialysis as part of daily practice.
  • I liked the fact that you can pick this book up at any chapter where you need information - or you can read it cover-to-cover.
  • Home dialysis (both hemodialyis and peritoneal dialysis) are included as viable, practical options. But nothing's "sugar-coated" here.
  • The essentials of kidney function - in health and disease - are  succinctly covered.
None of this should come as a surprise, given the authors. Dr. John Agar is an internationally known nephrologist from Australia, and a staunch advocate for home dialysis. Dori Schatell, MS, is the Executive Director of The Medical Education Institute, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that focuses on helping people manage chronic illness. You'll recognize the organization as the one that brings us Home Dialysis Central. John Agar and Dori Schatell bring decades of credibility to this book.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if some benefactor simply provided this book for every family as they entered Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease, or began their dialysis training?
Thanks to Dr. Agar and Ms. Schatell for providing the best educational offering yet! It will help so many people.
Available on Amazon.com.
Take care,
Linda Gromko, MD