THE PURSUIT OF HOPE by Miriam Ottenberg


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Shortly after winning a Pulitzer in 1960, Washington Star reporter Ottenberg found herself suffering from double vision and stumbling frequently, but her symptoms were not diagnosed as multiple sclerosis until several years later. In the past, doctors would conceal such information from patients, mistakenly believing that the prognosis (death within ten years) was too grim to share. But Ottenberg demonstrates how the disease (involving the patchy destruction of the sheaf around central nervous system nerve fibers) has an uncertain course, far less dreary than formerly believed, and often leaves its ""victims"" in good enough shape to stay active, accept simple accommodations, and enjoy a good life expectancy. Her argument is strengthened by her competent presentation of the facts--causal theories to common problems--and the use of actual names and circumstances, including Dr. Joseph Panzarella, the now-paralyzed rehabilitation specialist who wrote Spirit Makes a Man (p. 625). A definitive exposition which, despite the title, concentrates on down-to-earth issues and true examples.

Pub Date: Nov. 20th, 1978
Publisher: Rawson, Wade--dist. by Atheneum