The Harvard University Press Family Health Guides

This series offers short, accessible books about medical conditions that affect the entire family. In addition to discussing evaluation and treatment, the books emphasize the impact of a given diagnosis and prognosis on family life: on parent-child, sibling, and spouse relationships, everyday routines, family dynamics, and the family’s overall emotional and financial health.

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Chronic Pain and the Family: A New Guide

Chronic Pain and the Family: A New Guide

Silver, Julie K.

Silver reviews the causes and characteristics of chronic pain and explores its impact on individual family relationships and on the extended family, covering such issues as employment, parenting, childbearing and inheritance, and emotional health. Silver treats aspects of chronic pain not covered in a typical office visit: how men and women differ in their experience of chronic pain, the effect of chronic pain on a toddler’s behavior or an older child’s performance in school, the risks of dependence on and addiction to pain medications, and practical ways for relatives beyond the immediate family circle to offer help and support to the person in pain.

Cover: Parkinson's Disease and the Family: A New Guide

Parkinson's Disease and the Family: A New Guide

Sharma, Nutan
Richman, Elaine

Too often, with Parkinson’s disease, a loved one serves as medical interpreter, patient advocate, and caregiver. Nutan Sharma and Elaine Richman draw on the latest research and clinical practice techniques to offer valuable suggestions for managing patient care and, perhaps more important, for healing the family unit.

Cover: Stroke and the Family: A New Guide

Stroke and the Family: A New Guide

Stein, Joel

To the family just beginning to cope with the aftermath of a stroke, the diagnostic tests, drug regimens, rehabilitation strategies, and varied prognoses can be completely bewildering. Stein has produced a book that allows general readers and nonphysicians working with stroke survivors to make sense of the confusing variety of diagnoses and treatment options, and goes on to explore challenges the recovering stroke patient and the recovering family will face during a long recuperation with an uncertain outcome.

Cover: Spinal Cord Injury and the Family: A New Guide

Spinal Cord Injury and the Family: A New Guide

Alpert, Michelle J.
Wisnia, Saul

Combining clinical experience with patients’ own stories, the authors cover the causes of and prognosis for SCI through case studies, review common courses of rehabilitation, and answer the “what now?” questions—from daily routines to larger issues concerning sex, education and employment, childbearing, and parenting with SCI.

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