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Bacterial Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control
     

Bacterial Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control

by Alfred S. Evans (Editor), Harry A. Feldman (Editor)
 

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This is a companion volume to Viral Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control. The apparent success of that book in bridging the gap between texts on basic microbiology and those on clinical infectious diseases led to editing this one on bacterial infections, the chapters of which are organized in exactly the same format of 12 units: introduction,

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This is a companion volume to Viral Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control. The apparent success of that book in bridging the gap between texts on basic microbiology and those on clinical infectious diseases led to editing this one on bacterial infections, the chapters of which are organized in exactly the same format of 12 units: introduction, historical background, methodology, biological characteristics of the organism, descriptive epidemiology, mechanisms and routes of transmission, pathogenesis and im­ munity, patterns of host response, control and prevention, unresolved problems, references, and suggested reading. The purpose of this book is to provide a description and understanding of the pathogenesis of infection and disease both within the community and within the individual. This is done in the belief that a variety of factors in both the external and the internal environment, and in the nature of the infectious agent, influence exposure, the development of infection, and the pattern of the host response. An understanding of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of these processes forms the basis for approaches to control and prevention. The first two chapters of this book deal with general epidemiological concepts and with surveillance.

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4 Stars! from Doody
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.
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.
Booknews
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 (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: John S Czachor, MD (Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306417054
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
01/01/1982
Edition description:
1982
Pages:
702

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