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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carlos E Figueroa Castro, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book on the clinical management and epidemiology of tuberculosis is the last of a three-volume series on this disease.
Purpose: The main purpose is to summarize the current knowledge in tuberculosis. Given the multiple challenges related to tuberculosis (multidrug resistant organisms, the role of HIV co-infection, and World Health Organization strategy to decrease the transmission of tuberculosis, to name a few), this book is an important aid for every practitioner involved in the care of patients afflicted with tuberculosis.
Audience: With its clinical emphasis, the book will be attractive to clinical investigators and healthcare providers. It is easy to read, and it will be a useful tool for novice and more seasoned clinicians. It will give some perspective to investigators involved in basic science research. As with the previous books from this series, the authors are respected investigators from different countries.
Features: The book covers the global epidemiology of tuberculosis, basic knowledge in the clinical management of pulmonary and nonpulmonary tuberculosis, the role of HIV co-infection in the management of tuberculosis, the increasing problem of multidrug resistant organisms, and a bit of molecular epidemiology. An algorithm for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in settings with limited resources is a great addition. The figures and tables are very helpful and the chapter on multidrug resistant tuberculosis includes some clinical vignettes. For seasoned clinicians, this could serve as a rapid source of information.
Assessment: This is a good review of the clinical management and epidemiology of tuberculosis, although it is not all inclusive. The discussions of the global epidemiology and the international perspective are good introductions for healthcare providers interested in these areas.