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Copies of the following books are available for Hopkins patients to read at the Kelly G. Ripken information centers at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Green Spring Station Center. The titles can also be found at various libraries or purchased from local or on-line bookstores.

Physicians Lawrence C. Wood, Hopkins' professor David S. Cooper, and E. Chester Ridgeway wrote the first edition of Your Thyroid because they believed that patients who understand their disease and treatment are better able to manage their health than those who do not. The most recent edition of Your Thyroid expands and updates general information about the thyroid, thyroid diseases and treatments, and trends in current research. There are nine appendicies that include a glossary, thyroid statistics, and the cost of thyroid testing.

Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D. has written a primer for thyroid patients and their families. Could It Be My Thyroid explains clearly the complexities of the thyroid gland and its diseases and treatments. Dr. Rubenfeld wrote the book to answer questions, calm fears about thyroid diseases and help patients comply with their treatments. The book contains photographs that show various symptoms as well as drawings that help explain the text. A section on thyroid newsmakers semonstrates that people, such as President Bush, who have treated their thyroid disease can continue their active and productive lives.

Sara Rosenthal wrote The Thyroid Sourcebook after she and others in her family suffered the frustrations of being thyroid parties who had difficulty finding the information they needed to understand and manage their diseases. In clear layman's language, Rosenthal explains what the thyroid gland is, what it does, and what can go wrong with it. She gives clear descriptions of the symptoms of thyroid diseases and how each disease is treated. There are also chapters on how thyroid problems affect women and men.

R.I.S. Bayliss and W.M.G. Tunbridge R.I.S. Bayliss and W.M.G. Tunbridge wrote Thyroid Disease: The Facts because they believe that thyroid patients who understand their disease are less fearful and do better with their treatment. The 3rd edition of their book incorporates new knowledge about thyroid diseases and their treatments. The authors explain in clear and concise language symptoms, tests, and best treatments. They use illustrations where appropriate, as well as a few personal accounts. Each chapter concludes with a question and answer section that reviews the material that has just been covered. The book ends with a glossary of terms, drugs, and patient-support organizations in North America, Europe, and Australia.