Infectious Disease Secrets / Edition 2

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Overview

The daily headlines continue to reflect and emphasize the necessity for expertise in the field of infection. "E. coli contaminated meat", "West Nile Virus spreads", "White Powder discovered", "Bacteria specific viral lysins may hold key to new class of antibiotics", "Hope for new AIDS vaccine trial" are just a few examples. New chapters are devoted to the rapidly emerging technologies that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of infection, the horrifying but real threat of biowarfare, and the role of the entire medical team, not just the ID doc. in combating infections. Content has been revised and updated to reflect current knowledge and understanding of infectious disease processes. The emphasis on the sound foundation of how to explore and discover new information is retained.

• Common infectious diseases are emphasized

• Treatment options are clearly detailed, including advantages and disadvantages of various regimens

• Useful background information is presented for every infection such as origin of the name, mode of transmission, typical hosts, geographic location, seasonal patterns, and associated clinical syndromes

• The three new chapters are the obligatory and timely bioterrorism, radiologic imaging, and surgical implications of infection

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Kent B. Crossley, M.D., M.H.A.(Minneapolis VA Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a book on infectious diseases originally published in 1998 that consists entirely of short chapters that contain questions and answers.
Purpose: The book is intended for medical students and designed to mimic the questions and answers of teaching rounds. Although this is an uncommon way to present medical information, the book does meet the editor's objectives.
Audience: The editor indicates the book is written for those learning infectious diseases. Its easily readable style should make it interesting to medical students and residents. The author is in private practice in infectious diseases and is not a widely recognized authority in the specialty.
Features: The book covers the broad scope of clinical infectious diseases in almost 70 chapters. The question and answer format is interesting. In some cases (e.g., sepsis) chapters are too brief to cover the topic in much detail, while in others (e.g. infectious arthritis) the chapters are too long. There is an appropriate number of tables but too few illustrations. The bibliographies are brief but up-to-date.
Assessment: This book might be an interesting source for a highly motivated student who wants an extra book in infectious diseases. Its format does not make it effective as a reference. The authors are not the usual infectious diseases experts - rather, most are in the military or in training — but the content is wide ranging, accurate and interesting.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Kent B. Crossley, M.D., M.H.A.(Minneapolis VA Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a book on infectious diseases originally published in 1998 that consists entirely of short chapters that contain questions and answers.
Purpose: The book is intended for medical students and designed to mimic the questions and answers of teaching rounds. Although this is an uncommon way to present medical information, the book does meet the editor's objectives.
Audience: The editor indicates the book is written for those learning infectious diseases. Its easily readable style should make it interesting to medical students and residents. The author is in private practice in infectious diseases and is not a widely recognized authority in the specialty.
Features: The book covers the broad scope of clinical infectious diseases in almost 70 chapters. The question and answer format is interesting. In some cases (e.g., sepsis) chapters are too brief to cover the topic in much detail, while in others (e.g. infectious arthritis) the chapters are too long. There is an appropriate number of tables but too few illustrations. The bibliographies are brief but up-to-date.
Assessment: This book might be an interesting source for a highly motivated student who wants an extra book in infectious diseases. Its format does not make it effective as a reference. The authors are not the usual infectious diseases experts - rather, most are in the military or in training — but the content is wide ranging, accurate and interesting.
John A. Robinson
The book is a collection of micro-vignettes and a question and answer format on a wide variety of usual and unusual manifestations of infectious diseases. It is intended to provide sound bite information on rare, unusual infectious disease "secrets." The editor suggests that access to these will assist fledgling physicians in escaping humiliation on rounds at the hands of sadistic chief residents and infectious disease fellows. It is implied that it may also help on Boards. Medical students, medicine/pediatric house staff, and perhaps an occasional infectious disease fellow are the audience. There are a few items of historical information that will intrigue infectious disease aficionados, especially those who are interested in the history of medicine. There are also interesting tidbits on some of the more unusual names for infectious diseases and their manifestations that have persisted in the literature. But there are many limitations to this book's format. First and foremost, this should not be considered serious reading for anyone hoping to expand their knowledge of infectious disease. In fact, if not read in the correct perspective, this book could be downright damaging. A major problem is that "pearls," upon closer scrutiny, lose most, if not all, of their luster and turn out to be quite misleading. "Pearlisrn" might be acceptable in a critical analysis of English literature, but it can be dangerous to the care of patients. Where the "pearls" in this book come from should also be of some interest; many of the contributors appear to be early in their training and I suspect this book is simply an historical literature review. Extensive clinical experience would eliminate thearbitrary nature of some of the dogmatic commentary. There may be little use for this book in the field of infectious disease, but it could be a humorous read on the way to taking infectious disease Boards. I have a minor protest concerning one piece of information in the segment about famous people and their infectious diseases. Buddy Holly is listed, but he was killed in an airplane crash. The infectious disease associated with his death is not indicated.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560535430
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/12/2003
  • Series: Secrets Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 471
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I. THE APPROACH TO THE INFECTIONS
1. Clinical Use of the Microbiology Laboratory
2. Taxonomy for the Nomenclature Challenged
3. The Right Questions: The History and Infectious Diseases
4. Clues from the Physical Examination

II. MAJOR SYNDROMES
5. Fever and Fever of Unknown Origin: The "Who Dunnit" of Infectious Disease
6. Sepsis in Adults
7. Abscesses and Anaerobic Infections
8. Ulceroglandular Infections
9. Tick-borne Diseases
10. Bite Wound Infections
11. Nosocomial Infections
12. Does Age Make a Difference? Infections and the Elderly

III. CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF INFECTIONS IN THE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED
13. Primary Immunodeficiencies
14. Natural History of HIV Infection, Antiretroviral Therapy, and Preventive Care
15. Diagnosis and Treatment of Common HIV-related Complications
16. Rheumatic Syndromes Associated with HIV Infection
17. Infections after Chemotherapy
18. Posttransplant Infections

IV. ANTIBIOTICS
19. Choice of Antibiotics for Prophylaxis and Therapy
20. Antiinfective Therapy

V. BACTERIAL INFECTIONS
21. Clinical Considerations in Gram-positive Infections
22. Clinical Considerations in Gram-negative Infections

VI. MYCOBACTERIAL INFECTIONS
23. Tuberculosis: The White Plague Revisited
24. Mycobacteria Other than Tuberculosis

VII. FUNGAL INFECTIONS
25. Candidiasis
26. Coccidioidomycosis
27. Histoplasmosis
28. North American Blastomycosis
29. Sporotrichosis

VIII. PARASITIC INFECTIONS
30. Important Parasitic Infections in the United States

IX. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
31. Urethritis
32. Management of Syphilis
33. Clinical Considerations in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
34. Genital Warts and Blisters: Friends for Life
35. Infectious Vaginitis

X. BONE AND JOINT INFECTIONS
36. Bone and Periarticular Infections
37. Infections of Nonvascular Implanted Devices
38. Infectious Arthritis
39. Rheumatic Syndromes Associated with Infectious Diseases

XI. GASTROINTESTINAL INFECTIONS
40. Infectious Hepatitis
41. Food Poisoning
42. Infectious Diarrhea

XII. HEAD AND NECK INFECTIONS
43. Ocular Infections
44. Otitis
45. Pharyngitis

XIII. CARDIAC INFECTIONS
46. Infective Endocarditis

XIV. RESPIRATORY SYNDROMES
47. Sinusitis
48. Community-acquired Pneumonia: Public Enemy No. 1
49. Nosocomial Pneumonia in Nonintubated Patients
50. Ventilator-associated Pneumonia

XV. CEREBROSPINAL INFECTIONS
51. Meningitis

XVI. SKIN AND SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS
52. Ectoparasites
53. Secrets Lurking Under the Skin: Fasciitis
54. Fever with Dermatitis
55. Pyodermas
56. Wound Infections

XVII. URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
57. Urinary Tract Infections

XVIII. MATERNAL AND PEDIATRIC INFECTIONS
58. Infections in Pregnancy
59. Neonatal Infections

XIX. EMPORIATRICS
60. Travel Medicine: Emporiatrics
61. Malaria
62. Leptospirosis
XX. EMERGING PATHOGENS
63. Hantaviruses
64. Cat Scratch Disease

XXI. OTHER TOPICS OF INTEREST
65. Adult Immunization
66. Infectious Causes of Noninfectious Diseases
67. Famous People with Infectious Disease

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