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"This book is unique.  It highlights the patient experience and presents current medical insight into the workings of the vestibular system.  It reveals how radically a balance disorder can impact a patient's daily life, and also shows how challenging it can be to diagnose and understand disruptions of the vestibular system.  Dizzy Me brings patients, scientists and ENT doctors together.  As a professor of ear, nose and throat illnesses with significant interest in hearing and balance disorders, I'm very pleased to see this book, with its 'well balanced' approach."

Professor Paul Van de Heyning, ENT doctor, Belgium

"A colleague recommended this book to me.  I'm a doctor, and I've been wrestling for 13 years with my own vestibular issues and their effect on my quality of life, my environment, and my work.  The search for proper diagnosis and effective treatment can be frustrating.  I recommend Dizzy Me to patients, therapists and doctors who want greater insight into the challenges of living with a vestibular disorder."

David De Keukeleire, MD, Belgium

"Dizziness is scary but not such a terrible thing.  That's the way it generally looks to outsiders.  For those who are subject to regular attacks, though, it can be a torment.  Dizzy Me brings personal experience and scientific expertise together in a single volume.  Tania Stadsbader's story is compelling, and Floris Wuyts adds invaluable scientific knowledge."

Marleen Finoulst, editor-in-chief of BodyTalk, Belgium

"With its striking and completely original style, Dizzy Me captures the physical and emotional pain of an incorrectly diagnosed BPPV patient.  The concept of painting a complete picture of an illness by combining a patient's detailed autobiographical history (the questions) with the most up-to-date medical insights (the answers) works extraordinarily well, making this volume required reading for anyone who is interested in balance disorders."

Kris De Bolle, reader, Belgium

"This is a remarkable book.  The section written by a patient impresses the scientist with its accuracy, while the vestibular expert's contribution will add significantly to a hobbyist's knowledge.  Dizzy Me brings patients and scientists together.  As a doctor with 30 years' experience treating vertigo and great interest in therapeutic possibilities for those with compromised oculo-vestibular systems and visual vertigo, I'm looking forward eagerly to the English edition of the book.  It will acquaint people around the world with a more 'balanced' approach to the vestibular system."

Dr. Eric Vente, Utermohlen Foundation, The Netherlands

"I read this attractive and clearly written book with great interest.  It's helped me to better understand the world in which our daughter Willemijn unfortunately lives.  I recommend it to doctors, patients, and especially to those with personal connections to the afflicted."

Menno De Vries, father of a patient and Dizzy Me Magic Investor, The Netherlands

"This book gives me - an 87-year-old mother - hope and peace.  Until now, all I could do was look on as the doctors failed to understand what was happening to my daughter.  This went on for 40 years, and produced major negative consequences in her life.  Perhaps the knowledge contained in Dizzy Me will help keep others in the future from suffering a similar fate.  If only doctors continue to learn...."

Miep Hermans - Van Helden, mother of a patient and Dizzy Me Magic Investor, The Netherlands

"What may appear at first glance as yet another patient's autobiographical rendering of personal anecdotes and misdiagnosis is in fact a fascinating and often witty recollection of a real determination and struggle; to be acknowledged, to be taken seriously, to be cured! The balance between the diary-like storytelling and the scientific elaboration of professor Floris Wuyts on canal plugging and topics related to the subject of vertigo will no doubt bring hope and new insight to a lot of people."

Françoise Druguet, reader, Belgium

“Good training in balance conditions is essential to ensure appropriate and timely treatment for each individual patient. This book will help further the understanding of these conditions for patients and professionals alike.”

Polly Moyer, e-patient campaigning for MdDS UK

“This is a tremendous compendium on the topic. A must for patients, doctors, therapists and everyone who needs in-depth information.”

Roel Bruylandt, kinesthesiologist Belgium
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