by Thomas F. Lee
Writing from personal experience as a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer, biologist Lee offers insight into this painful, progressive disease. By turning the human immune system against the body that it normally protects, rheumatoid arthritis attacks the joints and causes painful swelling and inflammation. The disease affects over 2 million people in the United States, debilitating many of them. Lee looks at recent advances in research, notes Web sites that have further information about these studies, and offers a hopeful perspective for people with the disease. Lee describes the effects of the disease on the body, the cellular and chemical activities that contribute to these effects, and the possible treatments that medical science now offers. These include gene therapy, stem cell transplants, and drug treatments. Lee also describes the many clinical trials currently under way for new and potentially better treatments for this frustrating disease.
Prometheus Bks, 2001, 255 p., paperback
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