This covers much of the same ground as _The Hypermobility Syndrome: Diagnosis and Management for Physiotherapists_, but it's more in-depth (e.g., ther...moreThis covers much of the same ground as _The Hypermobility Syndrome: Diagnosis and Management for Physiotherapists_, but it's more in-depth (e.g., there's more on specific problem areas such as the hand and knee, more on the biology of chronic pain). Since this book is composed of detailed analyses by 30 contributors from different fields, there's a broadness to the to the collection that makes it great even for general understanding of JHS/HEDS & helps substantiate a syndrome often not recognized or taken seriously in the medical world. (I can't tell you how many people contributed to Syndrome--nor from what fields--since my rheumatologist has had my copy since this summer; but I know it's a lot less.)
Though some of the material will go over the layman's head, most of the book is accessible to the average adult. With only one college biology class in my past, there was a lot I couldn't understand in the section on chronic pain. Still, even then there was enough information I could understand to make me glad I'd plowed through. While I wouldn't throw aside Tinkle's works or _The Hypermobility Syndrome_ for this-at least without making sure this book doesn't give the same material even more than I recall--this is the work I would purchase if I only bought one book on the topic However, though the cover doesn't qualify the type of hypermobility the book will cover, people without the JHS/HEDS or symptomatic pauciarticular hypermobility may find little worth reading here. Also, from what I recall it doesn't seem Fibro sufferers without JHS would benefit from most of the work, though it seems such a sufferer would still find enough help to make this worth reading (e.g., a better understanding of the biology of chronic pain).
This is much more thorough than Tinkle's works also, though Tinkle makes a worthy contribution to the field (and perhaps has written the best works for people lacking the time, interest, or mental maturity to read the abovementioned works).
The reviewer is simply a patient who has spent hundreds of hours between reading this, The Hypermobility Syndrome, all of Tinkle's first work and part of the second, and numerous journal articles, as well as talking to others like me while I am trying to be physically productive and keep from being fired from a painful typing job in March. (Hopefully sometime the reviewer will make a much more concrete and helpful review than this! :O) )(less)