AIDS Allergy and Rheumatology

AIDS Allergy and Rheumatology

by Nancy Lane
     
 

Leading clinical experts survey the latest information available on the key rheumatic and allergic issues that physicians face in treating the HIV-infected patient. The physicians focus on the rheumatologic and dermatologic manifestations of HIV-1 infection, which include arthritis, myopathies, vasculitis, sicca syndrome, other autoimmune phenomena, and psoriasis.… See more details below

Overview

Leading clinical experts survey the latest information available on the key rheumatic and allergic issues that physicians face in treating the HIV-infected patient. The physicians focus on the rheumatologic and dermatologic manifestations of HIV-1 infection, which include arthritis, myopathies, vasculitis, sicca syndrome, other autoimmune phenomena, and psoriasis. They also examine the question of allergic reactions in HIV patients, including drug hypersensitivity, with special attention given to adverse reactions to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, the most frequently prescribed anti-infective. Practical advice for the diagnosis and treatment of these problems is given in full.

Editorial Reviews

John A. Robinson
This monograph is yet another attempt to carve out an HIV/AIDS niche. Although the title suggests the thrust of the monograph will be devoted to allergy and rheumatology, a significant portion is devoted to the skin disease psoriasis and a simplified overview of somewhat outdated HIV immunology. Curiously, there is also a short chapter on the already well described HIV-linked adverse reaction to trimethoprim-sulfa methoxazole. The intended audience would appear to be students, rheumatologists, dermatologists, and allergists. The book gets off to a poor start with both the preface and the introduction not only beginning with the same two sentences but also repeating the oft-stated, but never documented HIV "silver lining" theorem that this virus has greatly expanded our understanding of the immune system. Redundant discussions of the Reiter's disease and psoriaitic arthritis in both the psoriasis and the rheumatology chapters escaped editorial pruning. All of the chapters are written as literature reviews and in catalog format. All the topics have been addressed in greater detail in more comprehensive HIV texts. The chapter on rheumatologic manifestations might suffice as a review for medical students and residents, but the book in general cannot be recommended.
Reviewer: John A. Robinson, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This monograph is yet another attempt to carve out an HIV/AIDS niche.
Purpose: Although the title suggests the thrust of the monograph will be devoted to allergy and rheumatology, a significant portion is devoted to the skin disease psoriasis and a simplified overview of somewhat outdated HIV immunology. Curiously, there is also a short chapter on the already well described HIV-linked adverse reaction to trimethoprim-sulfa methoxazole.
Audience: The intended audience would appear to be students, rheumatologists, dermatologists, and allergists.
Features: The book gets off to a poor start with both the preface and the introduction not only beginning with the same two sentences but also repeating the oft-stated, but never documented HIV "silver lining" theorem that this virus has greatly expanded our understanding of the immune system. Redundant discussions of the Reiter's disease and psoriaitic arthritis in both the psoriasis and the rheumatology chapters escaped editorial pruning.
Assessment: All of the chapters are written as literature reviews and in catalog format. All the topics have been addressed in greater detail in more comprehensive HIV texts. The chapter on rheumatologic manifestations might suffice as a review for medical students and residents, but the book in general cannot be recommended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461284444
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
Allergy and Immunology Series, #3
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.24(d)

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