To read about lupus, your LOCAL LIBRARY
is a cost-effective place to start. Three authors, all noted rheumatologists, cover the subject comprehensively: Dr. Daniel Wallace, Dr. Robert Lahita, and Dr. Graham Hughes. They discuss
- what lupus is (how the immune system is malfunctioning)
- symptoms (constitutional, skin, and all major organ systems)
- diagnostic criteria and tests
- various unwanted autoantibodies seen in lupus
- degrees (skin-only vs. systemic vs. drug-induced)
- how lupus is distinguished from other conditions (like mixed connective tissue disease, undifferentiated connective tissue disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, systemic sclerosis, etc.)
- treatments, including side effects
- other conditions seen in conjunction with lupus (such as Sjogren's syndrome, antiphospholipid syndrome, etc.) .
And while these authors stand out for the amount of details they provide, there are certainly other helpful authors as well.