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* Written and compiled by one of the world's foremost experts, Dr Peter Mortimer.; * Gemma Levine is one of the leading photographers of her generation, with personal experience of lymphoedema.; * Features contributions from experts all around the world (UK, US, India), including personalities such as Miriam Stoppard, and the actress Kathy Bates, who suffers from lymphoedema.; * Publicity campaign will be supported by national charities and support groups.

Table of Contents

Contents; Foreword ix; What Is the Purpose of this Book? xi; Preface xiii; Introduction by Gemma Levine 1; 1. Introducing the Lymph System 5; 2. What Is Lymphoedema? 11; 3. The Perils of Infection 17; 4. What Causes Lymphoedema? 25; 5. How Common Is Lymphoedema? 41; 6. Awareness and Diagnosis 47; 7. Standard Treatments 69; 8. New and Alternative Treatments 101; 9. Managing Obesity and Lymphoedema 115; 10. Living with Lymphoedema 123; 11. Children with Lymphoedema 145; 12. Other Forms of Lymphoedema 159; 13. Lymphoedema Worldwide 175; Conclusion: Hope 187; Appendix 1: Exercises 189; Appendix 2: Nutrition 197; Resources 200; Acknowledgements 201; Index 204

About the Author

Professor Peter Mortimer is a consultant dermatologist working at both St George's Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He is also Professor of Dermatological Medicine to St George's University of London. He has spent most of his professional life in the research and clinical practice of lymphoedema and related disorders of the lymphatic system. He is a founder of both the Lymphoedema Support Network and the British Lymphology Society, and is internationally recognised for his work in lymphoedema. He is the author of Lymphoedema: Advice on Self-management and Treatment (2004).; With a gift for creating unobtrusive settings that reflect the individual style of her sitters, Gemma Levine's career has encompassed hundreds of encounters with the most well-known and fascinating people in Britain. She has published 20 books, most recently Go with the Flow, which describes her journey through cancer; and she has shown over 60 exhibitions around the world, including a celebration of 25 years of her work at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Gemma lectures at Tate Britain on Henry Moore, and images from her extensive archive are regularly seen in the media. She lives in London and Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, and has two sons.


"A friendly and informative guide to the misunderstood condition" - Mayfair Times; "This book is an absolute must read for sufferers, friends, family and medical professionals alike ... it is very powerful in its message" -

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