Today I have finished the penultimate chapter of my next book – ‘What You Should Know About Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Pernicious Anaemia’. The book is due to be published in the autumn and is an up to date exploration of the issues surrounding the way in which Vitamin B12 is diagnosed and Pernicious Anaemia is diagnosed and treated.
It’s nearly three years since my first book on Pernicious Anaemia was published – ‘Pernicious Anaemia: the forgotten disease
and nearly two years since my second book appeared – ‘Living with Pernicious Anaemia’
Since these book were written the Pernicious Anaemia Society has made great strides in raising awareness of the problems with diagnosing and treating Pernicious Anaemia. Using tact, diplomacy and calling on vast reserves of patience the PA Society is now recognised as being a legitimate and knowledgeable source of information by the medical community. Things are changing and this latest book examines some of those changes. For example did you know the following:
If you have low B12 but test negative for the Intrinsic Factor Antibody you should still be diagnosed as having Pernicious Anaemia – you should be diagnosed as having NegABPA
Current guidelines on dietary intake and treatment of PA is based on a study that began in 1948, lasted for ten years and was based on 7, yes 7 patients who had Pernicious Anaemia
There’s lots more of this in the book. Anyway – how do you fancy designing the front cover or jotting down some ideas for the new book? If you have a Graphic Design background you can go ahead and design the full cover or if you do not have a background in Design simply give us some ideas by selecting picture that we could use.
The first two books were part histories of PA and part exposes of the dreadful way in which the disease is diagnosed and treated. This new book is more contemporary and explores the achievements made by the PA Society. The new cover should reflect this and the semiotics involved are:
A Mess; Discovery; Progress; Commitment; Reliable; Trustworthy; Reputable
There’s a £100 prize with a further £100 being donated to the Pernicious Anaemia Society. A team from Hammersmith Health Books (the publisher) will be the judges. Deadline for applications is 1pm May 8th of this year – so you have three weeks. Please send your entry to
info’at’pasoc.org.uk – replace the ‘at’ with the @ sign.