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Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, 2nd Edition
Nancy J. Holland, R.N., Ed.D., T. Jock Murray, M.D.
Stephen C. Reingold, Ph.D.
January 2002
160 pages
Soft Cover
1-888799-60-9
Regular Price: $21.95
Demos Medical Publishing

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Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, 2nd Edition
Nancy J. Holland, Ed.D., T. Jock Murray, M.D., and Stephen C. Reingold, Ph.D.

The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) poses potential concerns related to all aspects of life and plans for the future. Family members and other loved ones are similarly concerned, and everyone involved struggles to make sense of life with this permanent intruder. One of the first responses is usually an active search for information about the disease itself and its potential long-term effects.

This book was written specifically for newly diagnosed people with MS, their families, and friends. This is often a time of confusion and fear that may not be helped by reading more comprehensive books, which by their nature deal with all aspects of the disease, frequently discussing wheelchairs and incontinence at a time when the reader may have only mild symptoms and who, indeed, may never develop the more severe forms of the disease.

Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed is designed for use as an educational tool for those who have just received the diagnosis of MS and in support groups and seminars for the newly diagnosed. It offers up-to-date information about living effectively with this life-altering diagnosis.

This new second edition includes updated information and addresses the changing needs of those diagnosed with MS in this era of rapidly expanding information about the disease and its management. The book incorporates updated information throughout, on topics such as:

  • revised diagnostic criteria for MS;
  • new information about the importance of early treatment of the MS disease process;
  • expanded areas of research in MS with encouraging implications for future therapies; and
  • innovations in management of the day-to-day symptoms caused by MS.

This unique book is a valuable addition to the patient education library of every health care provider!

Contents. What is Multiple Sclerosis and How Is It Diagnosed? What Is the Cause of Multiple Sclerosis? What Treatment Is Available? Practical Guidelines; Coping With Multiple Sclerosis; Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis; Research in Multiple Sclerosis: The Search for Answers; Searching for Treatments: The "Ins" and "Outs" of Clinical Trials; How the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Can Help; Glossary; Resources; Additional Reading.

About The Authors

Nancy J. Holland, Ed.D.

Dr. Holland is Vice President of Professional Resource Center and Clinical Programs at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York. She directs the Society's activities to improve access to health care, and the quality of that care, for people with MS. Dr. Holland earned a doctorate in higher and adult education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. She received a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is author/editor of more than 60 MS-related articles and books including Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families, Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis: A Self-Care Guide to Wellness and Multiple Sclerosis in Clinical Practice. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Organization of MS Nurses. She is the Chair of the Research Committee of the IOMSN.

T. Jock Murray, OC, MD, FRCPC, MACP, FRCP (Lon), LLD (Hon St FX), DSc (Hon Acadia).

Dr. Jock Murray is Professor of Medical Humanities, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a Professor of Medicine (Neurology) and Director of the Dalhousie Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit. He was Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University from 1985-1992. He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology, and History.

Following two years in general medical practice Dr. Murray took postgraduate training in internal medicine and neurology in Halifax and Toronto. He was a Commonwealth Scholar in 1967 and studied at the University of London in England, and the National Hospital, Queen Square. He accepted a full-time appointment on the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, and became Chief of Medicine at Camp Hill Hospital, and later Head of the Division of Neurology and Royal College Program Director.

He was a Vice President of the American Academy of Neurology and in 1999 received the Dr. AB Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neurological Education. He served as President of the Canadian Neurology Society. He was President of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges. He served as Governor of the American College of Physicians, and then Chair of the Board of Governors. He was a Regent of the College for four years and Chair of the ACP Board of Regents from 1995-1997.

Dr. Murray has over 200 medical publications including a textbook of neurology, now in its 4th edition, and is a contributing author to seven other textbooks. He is on the editorial board of several medical journals, and has served as Chair of the Publication Policy Committee of the ACP, and is a member of the Publication Committee of the Canadian Medical Association. He was the founder and first President of the Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine, a past- President of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and currently book review co-editor for the Canadian Bulletin for the History of Medicine. He was a founder and currently is past-president of the Consortium of North American MS Centres, and was Chair of the Canadian Medical Forum.

He has been the recipient of many awards, including Professor of the Year at Dalhousie University by the medical students. He has been made an Honorary Member of the Canadian Radiological Society and the College of Family Practice of Canada. He was awarded the Cutter Medal by Phi Rho Sigma International. He delivered the first Wendell McLeod Lecture of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges and gave the 1995 Richardson Lecture at the Congress of Neurological Sciences. He was the recipient of the 1995 John B Neilson Award of the Associated Medical Services and Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine. In 1996 Dr. Murray was awarded the Seymour Medal by the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In 1997 he was awarded a Mastership by the American College of Physicians. In 1999 he received the Dr. Nicholas Davies Award for Medical Humanities from the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine and the Dr. AB Baker Award from the Academy of Neurology. In 2000 year he was the recipient of the Labe Scheinberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Multiple Sclerosis from the Consortium of MS Centers. In 2001 he has been awarded the Mentor of the Year Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Murray was awarded honorary degrees from St. Francis Xavier University and Acadia University. He was awarded the Canada 125 Anniversary Medal and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Murray and his wife Janet have four children and five grandchildren. He and his wife have written a biography of Sir Charles Tupper and Dr. Murray is just completing a book on the history of MS, as well as beginning the work on a book on the history of Dalhousie Medical School.


Stephen C. Reingold, Ph.D
Vice President
Research Programs Department
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Dr. Reingold is responsible for the national research programs activities of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the only voluntary health organization in the United States dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with multiple sclerosis, through programs of research, services, education and advocacy.

Responsibilities include the administration of an annual multimillion research and training program supported with Society funds and oversight of the Society's clinical research and research information programs. He serves as liaison between the Society and MS basic and clinical research scientists and physicians, Federal and other agencies, local Society chapters, and pharmaceutical corporations, undertaking the search for new MS treatments.

Dr. Reingold obtained a doctoral degree in neurophysiology from Cornell University and was affiliated with Princeton University and Rutgers University, before joining the National Multiple Sclerosis Society staff in 1983. He has over 50 scientific publications related to MS and other biomedical research areas.

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