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Flannery O'Connor once wrote that sickness has no company. It is in defiance of this stark reality that "These Are the Faces of Lupus" was written. The author of "These Are the Faces", A. G. Moore, has lived with lupus for almost twenty years; in those years she learned to be productive and hopeful while managing the effects of a chronic disease. Her goal in writing this book was to share hard-earned insights and to help others meet the challenges of their own illness.

Much has been written about lupus; it would seem there is little left to say. But this is far from true. Lupus is an elusive disease which wears many masks. Antinuclear antibodies, the antagonists that do damage in active lupus, may be seen under a microscope. However, nobody knows why these cells go on the attack and nobody has been able to identify the trigger that sets them off. Compounding the clinical picture of this disease is its unpredictable course.

Diagnosis of lupus is complex because doctors are often perplexed by its variable manifestations. It is this difficulty in identifying the disease which typically leads to a gap between the onset of symptoms and effective treatment. Such was the case with Ms. Moore; she endured a four-year journey from the time she came down with a seemingly innocuous ailment to the moment when it was finally determined that she had lupus. Until that determination was made, control of the disease was not forthcoming.

Ms. Moore's medical odyssey inspired her to become a passionate advocate for first-rate medical care. Her book is a guide to negotiating the shoals of lupus diagnosis and treatment; the book is also a moving, personal narrative. "These Are the Faces of Lupus" is readable, informative and insightful. It addresses the challenge of being ill with lupus or any disease. This is therefore a book that would be of interest to every reader.

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