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 spousal relationships; and on 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.

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

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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Jacket: The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, by Anthony Abraham Jack, from Harvard University Press

Book Club Spotlight: The Privileged Poor

As students around the world deliberate their options for further education, only made more challenging in a pandemic, we’re reminded that getting in is only half the battle. In The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, Anthony Abraham Jack asks how—and why—do disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges? What can schools can do differently if these students are to thrive? As back to school season begins, we spoke to two university book clubs that read and discussed The Privileged Poor this summer.