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Open a book about Lupus

Welcome to the new Lupus Adventurer book review corner!  It is delightful to launch this exciting new page in the ongoing saga of Lupus, the Adventure Between the Lines!

This page includes links to reviews by other bloggers and book reviewers, and links to some of Lupus Adventurer’s own reviews of books on this blog.  Lupus Adventurer also publishes book reviews on an outstanding book review blog, and is honored to be an occasional guest blogger at  The Obsessive Book Worm.

Butterfly Book Ratings

Lupus Adventurer’s ratings to the books mentioned here will hopefully will guide you into finding helpful resources for living with lupus or just learning more about it.

Ratings are by the number of butterflies: more butterflies means a stronger, more enthusiastic recommendation for your armchair lupus reading adventures, and fewer butterflies means a weaker recommendation.

book rating butterfly BANNER

Reviews of good/excellent Lupus and health-related books

book rating butterfly 4Coping with Lupus, Revised and Updated 4th Edition (2012) by Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D.  This is an outstanding time-honored reference that periodically has new editions.  A good lupus reference book for patients and their families.

book rating butterfly 2The First Year–Lupus: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Nancy C. Hanger (Author), M.D. Andrea Schneebaum M.D. (Foreword) – Check out many positive reader’s reviews at  This book is ideally suited to the newly diagnosed patient and covers foundational information every patient should start with.

book rating butterfly 5The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families [Hardcover, Kindle] by Daniel J. Wallace, M.D., 5th Edition, 2013 – See Lupus Adventurer’s review, at and posted review at the Lupus Foundation of America.  This book is a must-read lupus book written just for patients by a lupus expert, physician and author of many medical reference books and medical school rheumatology textbooks.

book rating butterfly 5The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families  [Hardcover, Softcover, Nook] by (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) by Donald E. Thomas, Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, was recently released.  This book is 43 chapters of in-depth and exhaustive discussion of the many facets of lupus written just for lupus patients.

book rating butterfly 3Lupus Q&A: Everything You Need to Know, by Robert G. Lahita, M.D., and Robert H. Phillips.  Reviewed by Afomia Tigist, Community Health Education Center Intern, a good basic lupus book written for patients, covers basic information but not much new or different information than some other more in-depth books by the same authors.

Reviews of books with modest usefulness

Links to reviews of useful Lupus and health-related books, but not really the best patient resources available – niche topics, out-dated information, extreme views, highly technical/medical jargon, or less effective writing styles:

book rating butterfly 1It’s Your Health: Navigating American Health Care (2011) by Robert D’Antonio, Ph.D.  This book is somewhat dated, and has some useful information, but is narrowly focused on a very time-specific point in a medical/insurance perspective before President Obamba’s healthcare reform law.

Links to reviews for books to skip and just flutter away

book rating butterfly DONT READ

None, so far…



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