What You Need to Know about ALS
by Harry LeVine III
October 2019, 149pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6356-1
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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Baseball legend Lou Gehrig and physicist Stephen Hawking brought ALS to the public’s attention, yet there is still much about this neurodegenerative disease that science does not understand.

This book offers an accessibly written introduction to ALS, focusing on the topics that matter most to anyone whose life has been affected—directly or indirectly—by this condition.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurons that drive voluntary movement. Those diagnosed with ALS experience difficulty moving and speaking and, as the condition worsens, difficulty swallowing and breathing. Beyond this definition, however, what do those affected by ALS need to know?

What You Need to Know about ALS is a part of Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series. This series profiles a variety of physical and psychological conditions, and distills vast collections of scientific knowledge into concise, readable volumes. A list of “Top 10” essential questions begins each book, providing quick-access answers to readers’ concerns. The text follows a standardized structure, with each chapter exploring a particular facet of the topic. In addition to covering causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, books in this series delve into issues that are less commonly addressed but still critical to understand, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes discussed in the book and are accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations.


  • Approaches the subject in a holistic manner, covering often-overlooked areas such as societal perceptions and impacts on family and friends
  • Provides quick answers to the questions that readers are most likely to have in an Essential Questions section that also serves as a springboard for understanding the content of the book in greater depth
  • Provides relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in Case Illustrations
  • Points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites in an annotated Directory of Resources guiding further study and research
Harry LeVine III, PhD, is associate professor in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY. He is author of Greenwood’s Genetic Engineering and Medical Imaging. A 28-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, his focus is on developing therapeutic approaches to age-dependent neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. LeVine specializes in Alzheimer’s disease, especially the protein misfolding mechanisms that it shares with ALS.

Inside Diseases and Disorders

Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series explores some of the key diseases and disorders, both physical and psychological, affecting the world today. Each book examines a condition holistically, covering such topics as signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis and management, and prevention. They also address broader issues of vital importance, including the effects on family and friends and medical and societal controversies related to the condition. Every book lists 10 “essential questions” readers are likely to have and features engaging case studies that offer real-world insights.
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