Description: This new textbook is a review of current knowledge of clinical tuberculosis. Issues concerning the epidemiology, microbiology, immunopathophysiology, and clinical science of tuberculosis care are presented. Additionally, worldwide public health concerns and new problems in the management of tuberculosis are discussed.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "a comprehensive and synoptic account of tuberculosis with up-to-date information on all aspects of the disease." It is directed toward health care workers, especially those in the developing world, as well as toward serving as a source of references on particular aspects of tuberculosis. The author also provided in-depth discussions of current issues, such as multidrug resistance and new techniques in diagnosis. The author met the objectives.
Audience: The target audience includes health care workers involved in any aspect of caring for patients with tuberculosis or the control of the disease and students. Most of the contributors are from outside the U.S., giving an international focus to the book.
Features: There are some excellent color photographs, and the figures, graphs, and radiographs are of good quality and well presented. Some chapters have few illustrations or tables. The references are up-to-date through 1992, with rare references from 1993.
Assessment: This book is well written and comprehensive regarding timely issues in the medical and public health aspects of tuberculosis. Chapters are readable and authored by respected authors from around the world. This textbook provides a practical synopsis of the current understanding of tuberculosis. It provides detailed reference lists for those interested in more in-depth reading. This book would be helpful to any health care worker involved in the care of tuberculosis patients or disease control.