Bacterial Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control / Edition 3

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"The new Fourth Edition of Bacterial Infections of Humans reflects a decade of important discoveries, technological progress, and valuable new therapies as well as emerging and reemerging infections, resistant strains of bacteria, and threats of bioterrorism. It offers accessible, up-to-date information across the range of disease entities." "As in previous editions, introductory chapters review general concepts of infection and epidemiology, and the chapters devoted to specific infections follow a consistent and highly useful format: historical background, methodology (diagnosis and pathology), biology, descriptive epidemiology, mechanism and routes of transmission, pathogenesis, host responses, methods of prevention and control, and areas for future research. All material has been thoroughly updated, and two chapters on molecular epidemiology and health care-acquired bacterial infections, are entirely new." "A sampling of the 40 diseases and clinical syndromes covered in the Fourth Edition: Anthrax; Bacterial foodborne disease; Chlamydia; E. coli; Legionellosis; Meningitis; Q fever; and Tuberculosis" Bacterial Infections of Humans has been noted for ably complementing textbooks on the subject, and this most current edition remains a major reference for professionals in the field, including public health practitioners, microbiologists, immunologists, researchers studying pathogenic bacteria, clinicians working with infectious disease, and medical or nursing students.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

John A. Robinson
This is the third edition of a book that focuses on how the understanding of the complex interplay of host environment and pathogens can improve our control of bacterial infections in humans. The loss of one of its founding editors inspired a touching tribute to his contributions to the field of infectious disease in general and preventive medicine in particular. An aggregate of expert authors describes specific bacterial diseases in a translational fashion, beginning with microbiology with an emphasis on pathobiological characteristics of organisms and how they affect transmission as well as epidemiologic characteristics. There is discussion of how the interplay of host, environmental, and microbiologic factors can possibly be modified to after a disease has been transmitted. All chapters are tightly edited to a specific format, and this will be a boon to the compulsive reader. The suggested readings at the end of each chapter are also a nice technical touch. Internists, microbiologists, public health officials, infectious disease subspecialists at all points in training should read this book. It is the leader in its field and is especially useful in its ability to blend basic science with public health concepts. Since most physicians really do not understand epidemiological concepts and the methodology of public health surveillance and disease control, the first three chapters of this third edition alone make it worth the price. It is excellent, readable, and understandable, and it should be required reading for all those who have a desire to really understand infectious disease and its relationship to human health. I had only very minor complaints: perhaps a bit more time shouldhave been spent on the emerging problems of the newer aspects of chlamydia and vasculopathy and Bartonella, Ehrlichia (especially the former's new relationship to homelessness); and unfortunately time to press prevented extensive discussion of the Lyme vaccine and the interesting results of the recently revealed vaccine trials. Still, this is a very good book, highly recommended for all those interested in the public health dimensions of bacterial diseases.
Journal of the American Medical Association
Overall, this is a fine text, current, clear, and concise, a useful reference that truly complements the more traditional textbooks of microbiology and infectious diseases. Students will discover the relevance of microbiology in clinical medicine, and practitioners will find a review of pathogenesis, epidemiology, and techniques for intervention. This volume will find a place on many physicians' bookshelves.
A complete update of the comprehensive and authoritative reference/text originally published in 1982. New chapters have been added on listeriosis, Lyme disease, toxic shock syndrome, and yersiniosis. Summaries review advances in each chapter since the first edition, as well as review the new chapters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: John S. Czachor, MD, FACP, FIDSA,FSHEA(Wright State University)
Description: This book provides a focused appraisal of selected bacterial infections, detailing such timely subjects as healthcare-associated infections and organisms threatened in bioterrorism. Each chapter is divided into sections, which allows readers to assimilate information in a stepwise fashion. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: This edition achieves its goal of supplementing detailed books on infectious diseases. Previous editions have demonstrated the popularity of this format, which is helpful for learners who are looking for specific information about bacterial infections.
Audience: It is designed for physicians and scientists who encounter bacterial infections, including clinicians, microbiologists, immunologists, and researchers, as well as students training in the healthcare professions. The authors, an international group, are well regarded in their respective fields.
Features: The book highlights specific bacterial diseases with in-depth information on these pathogens. Introductory chapters provide background information about epidemiologic considerations and public heath significance. Each chapter is liberally appointed with up-to-date references and suggested readings. The chapter on molecular epidemiology clearly explains a difficult subject and augments most learners' baseline knowledge. Increasing the number of supporting graphs, charts, and photographs would enhance the book, more so if they were in color.
Assessment: This is an admirable update. It remains a succinct, useful, and practical reference for the bacterial pathogens delineated in the book. The information is thorough, diverse, and easy to digest.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306453236
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Edition description: 3rd ed.
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 888
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Epidemiological Concepts
Ch. 2 Public Health Surveillance
Ch. 3 The Epidemiology of Bacterial Resistance to Antimicrobial Agents
Ch. 4 Anthrax
Ch. 5 Bacterial Foodborne Disease
Ch. 6 Botulism
Ch. 7 Brucellosis
Ch. 8 Campylobacter Infections
Ch. 9 Chancroid
Ch. 10 Chlamydial Infections
Ch. 11 Cholera
Ch. 12 Clostridium difficile
Ch. 13 Diphtheria
Ch. 14 Escherichia coli Diarrhea
Ch. 15 Gonococcal Infections
Ch. 16 Haemophilus influenzae
Ch. 17 Helicobacter pylori
Ch. 18 Legionellosis
Ch. 19 Leprosy
Ch. 20 Leptospirosis
Ch. 21 Listeria monocytogenes Infections
Ch. 22 Lyme Disease
Ch. 23 Meningococcal Infections
Ch. 24 Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Other Human Mycoplasmas
Ch. 25 Nosocomial Bacterial Infections
Ch. 26 Pertussis
Ch. 27 Plague
Ch. 28 Pneumococcal Infections
Ch. 29 Q Fever
Ch. 30 Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Ch. 31 Salmonellosis: Nontyphoidal
Ch. 32 Shigellosis
Ch. 33 Staphylococcal Infections
Ch. 34 Streptococcal Infections
Ch. 35 Syphilis
Ch. 36 Nonvenereal Treponematoses
Ch. 37 Tetanus
Ch. 38 Toxic Shock Syndrome (Staphylococcal)
Ch. 39 Tuberculosis
Ch. 40 Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Disease
Ch. 41 Tularemia
Ch. 42 Typhoid Fever
Ch. 43 Yersinia enterocolitica Infections
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