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Biotherapeutic Agents and Infectious Diseases
     

Biotherapeutic Agents and Infectious Diseases

by Gary Elmer (Editor)
 

Authoritative investigators active in the discovery, development, and application of biological anti-infective agents concisely review their use and potential in preventing and treating human disease. Focusing on biotherapeutic entities that have been tested in controlled studies, the prominent experts illuminate the scientific underpinnings of their therapeutic

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Authoritative investigators active in the discovery, development, and application of biological anti-infective agents concisely review their use and potential in preventing and treating human disease. Focusing on biotherapeutic entities that have been tested in controlled studies, the prominent experts illuminate the scientific underpinnings of their therapeutic power, assess their possible risks in the treatment of infectious diseases, and outline the research needed to better define their effectiveness. In addition, they also consider how biotherapeutic agents may be genetically engineered for maximum intestinal and vaginal production of bioactive substances in vivo. Biotherapeutic Agents and Infectious Diseases brings together all the evidence needed to understand and capitalize on the considerable promise of this significant new class of biotherapeutic entities.

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From the Publisher
"This book does a good job explaining what a biotherapeutic agent is and what role it may play in the areas of microbiology, infectious disease resistance, and treatment options. . .It is written in a manner that those in a wide variety of disciplines would have no difficulty understanding. . .[the book is] interesting and challenging to some of our goals in the area of chemotherapy-resistant pathogens of the future."-Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal
3 Stars from Doody
Cynthia R. Hennen
This book does a good job explaining what a biotherapeutic agent is and what role it may play in the areas of microbiology, infectious disease resistance, and treatment options. It has been written to provide a concise review and discussion of biotherapeutic agents and their potential in therapy. The various chapters contain studies from those who have worked with "biotherapeutic" agents. The review of these studies can give pharmacists, physicians, microbiologists, dieticians, and other healthcare providers an idea of what clinical options will be available in the future to cover evolving epidemiology. Biotherapeutics and its application is a very interesting and persuasive science. It is a topic that is discussed, but has never been explained in such detail as the authors depict. This book adds credibility to the idea of using something that is "normal flora or its derivative to cover some of our most resistant pathogens." It is written in a manner that those in a wide variety of disciplines would have no difficulty understanding. Some of the material could be used as reference. However, practitioners like myself find this type of topic on the forefront of medicine and informative as well. There are not many reference books that give you new treatment modalities and back them with the actual research. The tables and diagrams that appear with data are helpful. I wasn't familiar with some of the "units" that appeared in the tables. A better key for tables would make things a little more understandable. On the whole, I found this book to be interesting and challenging to some of our goals in the area chemotherapy-resistant pathogens of the future.
Booknews
Biotherapeutic agents are microorganisms having a therapeutic effect in humans. Leading investigators discuss the use of whole, live microorganisms with antagonistic activities against specific pathogens as a modality for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. They focus on biotherapeutic entities that have been tested in controlled studies, and look at their therapeutic potential, assess their possible risks, and outline research needed. They also consider biotherapeutic agents that may be genetically engineered for maximum production of bioactive substances. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Cynthia R. Hennen, BSPharm (Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This book does a good job explaining what a biotherapeutic agent is and what role it may play in the areas of microbiology, infectious disease resistance, and treatment options.
Purpose: It has been written to provide a concise review and discussion of biotherapeutic agents and their potential in therapy.
Audience: The various chapters contain studies from those who have worked with "biotherapeutic" agents. The review of these studies can give pharmacists, physicians, microbiologists, dieticians, and other healthcare providers an idea of what clinical options will be available in the future to cover evolving epidemiology.
Features: Biotherapeutics and its application is a very interesting and persuasive science. It is a topic that is discussed, but has never been explained in such detail as the authors depict. This book adds credibility to the idea of using something that is "normal flora or its derivative to cover some of our most resistant pathogens." It is written in a manner that those in a wide variety of disciplines would have no difficulty understanding. Some of the material could be used as reference. However, practitioners like myself find this type of topic on the forefront of medicine and informative as well. There are not many reference books that give you new treatment modalities and back them with the actual research. The tables and diagrams that appear with data are helpful. I wasn't familiar with some of the "units" that appeared in the tables. A better key for tables would make things a little more understandable.
Assessment: On the whole, I found this book to be interesting and challenging to some of our goals in the area chemotherapy-resistant pathogens of the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475746525
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1999
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.03(d)

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