Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases

Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases

by William F. Wright
     
 

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This practical handbook provides readers with a quick but comprehensive overview of the major infectious disease topics and clinical approach to diagnosis and management. Covering the core areas of importance to students, residents, fellows, and practitioners in any discipline, the book presents a systematic method for understanding basic mechanisms, establishing

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This practical handbook provides readers with a quick but comprehensive overview of the major infectious disease topics and clinical approach to diagnosis and management. Covering the core areas of importance to students, residents, fellows, and practitioners in any discipline, the book presents a systematic method for understanding basic mechanisms, establishing a diagnosis, and implementing appropriate treatment for commonly encountered problems. Written in outline format with 46 short, focused chapters, this ready reference is essential reading for physicians looking for guidance in navigating the constellation of symptoms and myriad treatment options for patients with infectious diseases.

Organized by body system, each section begins with a general framework covering clinical presentation, laboratory and diagnostic evaluation, and empirical antibiotic therapy. Individual chapters within sections are devoted to particular diseases and cover pathogenesis and risk factors, microbial causes, clinical manifestations, approach to the patient (history, examination, and diagnostic studies), diagnostic criteria, and medical, antimicrobial, and surgical management. Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases also addresses important related topics including antimicrobial agents, medical microbiology, fever and neutropenia, approach to evaluating leukocytosis, infectious diseases approach to SIRS and sepsis, and basics of infection control and hospital epidemiology. With this book, readers will have at hand the fundamental knowledge necessary to sharpen the clinical problem-solving skills that every medical professional needs to provide quality care to patients.

Features of Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases include:

  • A detailed discussion of core infectious disease topics
  • Antibiotic information specific to the disease process with adult, pediatric, and OB-GYN dosing considerations
  • Basic infection control procedures for hospitalized patients
  • Coverage of important related topics
  • References to current literature and classic articles for further study
  • A focus on clinical approaches to evaluation and management of the patient
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****4 Stars****
"Approaches near perfection...This is an excellent introduction to infectious diseases by a group of authors who take a straightforward and bullet-point approach to thinking and talking about clinical issues. If everyone who taught medical students were this well organized, medical care would be greatly enhanced because the thought process the authors espouse is critical to the understanding of all clinical problems.
This book reflects what infectious disease clinicians do best: think about patients and formulate diagnoses and treatment plans."-Doody's Reviews
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Reviewer: Joseph R. Lentino, M.D.,Ph.D(Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is a how-to diagnose and treat manual that approaches near perfection in describing the most salient points of a wide spectrum of infectious diseases. The authors are primarily from the University of Maryland, with two exceptions, and reflect a straightforward and well-outlined approach to solving clinical problems.
Purpose: As espoused in the preface, the purpose is to introduce readers to the essential thought process required to problem solve in medicine. This is essential for any student of medicine at any level of practice, and the book fulfills this purpose.
Audience: Although the intended audience includes any physician or trainee interested in infectious diseases, the book would be most useful for medical students and residents. The approach the authors take is well thought out and encapsulates a fairly comprehensive description of each clinical entity. Moreover, it does so in an easy-to-follow format that lends itself to mini-lectures, which I suspect were the genesis of this book. General internists, family practice physicians, and surgeons should look at this book for a uniform and quick approach to medical conundrums.
Features: Using a point-by-point narrative of introduction, definitions, risk factors, microbial causes, clinical manifestations, and approach to the patient (i.e. history, clinical exam, laboratory studies), the book leads to the best options for differential diagnosis and treatment. It features excellent tables and good examples of both microbial and noninfectious causes of a comprehensive list of clinical illness affecting patients where appropriate. For example, in the chapter discussing peritonitis, secondary causes are listed as part of the differential diagnosis. Information on available antimicrobials, including antiretroviral agents, is up to date. The references are limited but pertinent.
Assessment: This is an excellent introduction to infectious diseases by a group of authors who take a straightforward and bullet-point approach to thinking and talking about clinical issues. If everyone who taught medical students were this well organized, medical care would be greatly enhanced because the thought process the authors espouse is critical to the understanding of all clinical problems. This book reflects what infectious disease clinicians do best: think about patients and formulate diagnoses and treatment plans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936287918
Publisher:
Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
02/20/2013
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,000,601
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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