If you have been recently diagnosed as having COPD or asthma or if you are a caregiver, information can help you manage your condition and improve your lifestyle. In addition to abundant resources on the Internet, we have found some books that you might find useful.
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Books about COPD
Breathe Easy: Relieving the Symptoms of Chronic Lung Disease, by Donald A. Mahler, M.D. (University Press of New England, 2017). Available on Amazon.
This book addresses key issues for people who experience chronic difficulty breathing. The author addresses five common causes of chronic shortness of breath and recommends practical ways of coping with each.
Breathe Well and Live Well with COPD: A 28-Day Breathing Exercise Plan, by Janet Brindley (Singing Dragon, 2014). Available on Amazon.
This brief guide focuses on practical techniques that COPD patients can use to improve ease and efficiency of breathing.
COPD: Answers to Your Questions, by Donald A. Mahler, M.D. (Two Harbors Press, 2015). Available on Amazon.
Each of nine chapters focuses on a particular issue that faces COPD patients. The book is easy to read and recommends ways of coping in plain language.
Life and Breath: Preventing, Treating and Reversing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, by Neil Schachter, M.D. (Broadway Books/Random House, Inc., 2003). Available on Amazon.
A comprehensive guide to the nature and causes of COPD, approaches to treatment, and how to create a healthier home environment, this book can serve as an important source of information for patients and caregivers.
Live Your Life with COPD — 52 Weeks of Health, Happiness, and Hope, by Jane M. Martin, B.A., C.R.T. (Outskirts Press, Inc., 2021). Available on Amazon.
This book contains much practical advice on how to cope with COPD, relate to your doctor, maintain healthy relationships with others, prevent additional complications, and improve your daily life.
Books about Asthma
Asthma Diary, by Archery Notebooks (2019). Available on Amazon.
This diary allows keeping a daily record of symptoms (cough, tightness in chest, breathing problems, wheeze, waking at night, difficulty exercising, missed work/school, visited doctor, went to ER), medications, triggers, and peak flow meter. Each week is laid out in 2 pages with space for notes. The diary is undated and contains pages for one year.
Asthma for Dummies, by William E. Berger, M.D., M.B.A. (Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2004). Available on Amazon.
This comprehensive guide to asthma and how to cope with it covers topics such as what is asthma, asthma triggers, treating asthma, controlling asthma with medications, and special asthma conditions.
Breathtaking: Asthma Care in a Time of Climate Change, by Alison Kenner, Ph.D. (Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2018). Available on Amazon.
Based on the lived experience of people who have suffered from asthma, this book analyzes the complexities of changing ecology, healthcare systems, medical science, and physical environments as they affect asthma.
I Have Asthma, What Does That Mean? By Wendy Chen and Izzy Bean (Wendy Chen Books, 2015). Available on Amazon.
This illustrated children’s book (26 pages) is intended for readers 4-8 years old. It teaches children that having asthma doesn’t have to be scary. For a child with asthma, friends, or relatives, it shows what happens during an asthma attack and how managing asthma can fit with a normal, active lifestyle.
Your Child’s Asthma: A Guide for Parents, by John F. Hunt, M.D. (John Hunt, MD, 2015). Available on Amazon.
Dr. Hunt is a pediatric pulmonologist and allergist/immunologist who has cared for children with asthma symptoms for several years. This guide for parents explains the varied causes of symptoms commonly referred to as asthma and how these causes can be addressed or treated. The main point is that the different kinds of asthma can require very different treatments.
Before making any changes regarding treatment of COPD or asthma, please consult your primary health care provider.