The Official Patient's SourceBook on Leishmaniasis (The Official Patient's Guide Series) / Edition 1

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This sourcebook has been created for patients who have decided to make education and Internet-based research an integral part of the treatment process. Although it gives information useful to doctors, caregivers and other health professionals, it also tells patients where and how to look for information covering virtually all topics related to leishmaniasis, from the essentials to the most advanced areas of research. The title of this book includes the word official. This reflects the fact that the sourcebook draws from public, academic, government, and peer-reviewed research. Selected readings from various agencies are reproduced to give you some of the latest official information available to date on leishmaniasis. Following an introductory chapter, the sourcebook is organized into three parts. PART I: THE ESSENTIALS; Chapter 1. The Essentials on Leishmaniasis: Guidelines; Chapter 2. Seeking Guidance; Chapter 3. Clinical Trials and Leishmaniasis; PART II: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ADVANCED MATERIAL; Chapter 4. Studies on Leishmaniasis; Chapter 5. Patents on Leishmaniasis; Chapter 6. Books on Leishmaniasis; Chapter 7. Multimedia on Leishmaniasis; Chapter 8. Physician Guidelines and Databases; Chapter 9. Dissertations on Leishmaniasis; PART III. APPENDICES; Appendix A. Researching Your Medications; Appendix B. Researching Alternative Medicine; Appendix C. Researching Nutrition; Appendix D. Finding Medical Libraries; Appendix E. Your Rights and Insurance; ONLINE GLOSSARIES; LEISHMANIASIS GLOSSARY; INDEX. Related topics include: Black fever, Dumdum fever, Kala-azar, Visceral leishmaniasis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780597834349
  • Publisher: Icon Group International, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2002
  • Series: Official Patient Guides
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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Though many physicians and public officials had thought that the emergence of the Internet would do much to assist patients in obtaining reliable information, in March 2001 the National Institutes of Health issued the following warning: "The number of Web sites offering" health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Since the late 1990s, physicians have seen a general increase in patient Internet usage rates. Patients frequently enter their doctor's offices with printed Web pages of home remedies in the guise of latest medical research. This scenario is so common that doctors often spend more time dispelling misleading information than guiding patients through sound therapies. ... This book has been created for patients who have decided to make education and research an integral part of the treatment process. ... While this sourcebook covers leishmaniasis, your doctor, research publications, and specialists may refer to your condition using a variety of terms. Therefore, you should understand that leishmaniasis is often considered a synonym or a condition closely related to the following: Black fever; Dumdum fever; Kala-azar; Visceral leishmaniasis.
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Table of Contents

Moving Forward

Chapter 1. The Essentials on Leishmaniasis: Guidelines
What Is Leishmaniasis?
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis?
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Visceral Leishmaniasis?
How Common Is Leishmaniasis?
In What Parts of the World Is Leishmaniasis Found?
Could I Get Leishmaniasis in the United States?
How Is Leishmaniasis Spread?
Who Is at Risk for Leishmaniasis?
If I Were Bitten by an Infected Sand Fly, How Quickly Would I Become Sick?
Can Leishmaniasis Be a Serious Disease If Not Treated?
What Should I Do If I Think I Might Have Leishmaniasis?
How Will My Health Care Provider Know If I Have Leishmaniasis?
How Is Leishmaniasis Treated?
How Is Leishmaniasis Prevented?
If I Have Already Had Leishmaniasis, Could I Get It Again?
For More Information
Leishmaniasis: Technical Notes
Causal Agent
Life Cycle
Geographic Distribution
Clinical Features
Laboratory Diagnosis
More Guideline Sources
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 2. Seeking Guidance
Associations and Leishmaniasis
Finding Doctors
Selecting Your Doctor
Working with Your Doctor
Broader Health-Related Resources
Chapter 3. Clinical Trials and Leishmaniasis
Recent Trials on Leishmaniasis
Benefits and Risks
Keeping Current on Clinical Trials
General References
Vocabulary Builder

Chapter 4. Studies on Leishmaniasis
TheCombined Health Information Database
Federally-Funded Research on Leishmaniasis
E-Journals: PubMed Central
The National Library of Medicine: PubMed
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 5. Patents on Leishmaniasis
Patents on Leishmaniasis
Patent Applications on Leishmaniasis
Keeping Current
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 6. Books on Leishmaniasis
Book Summaries: Online Booksellers
The National Library of Medicine Book Index
Chapters on Leishmaniasis
General Home References
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 7. Multimedia on Leishmaniasis
Bibliography: Multimedia on Leishmaniasis
Chapter 8. Physician Guidelines and Databases
NIH Guidelines
NIH Databases
Other Commercial Databases
The Genome Project and Leishmaniasis
Specialized References
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 9. Dissertations on Leishmaniasis
Dissertations on Leishmaniasis
Keeping Current

Appendix A. Researching Your Medications
Your Medications: The Basics
Learning More about Your Medications
Commercial Databases
Contraindications and Interactions (Hidden Dangers)
A Final Warning
General References
Vocabulary Builder
Appendix B. Researching Alternative Medicine
What Is CAM?
What Are the Domains of Alternative Medicine?
Can Alternatives Affect My Treatment?
Finding CAM References on Leishmaniasis
Additional Web Resources
General References
Vocabulary Builder
Appendix C. Researching Nutrition
Food and Nutrition: General Principles
Finding Studies on Leishmaniasis
Federal Resources on Nutrition
Additional Web Resources
Vocabulary Builder
Appendix D. Finding Medical Libraries
Finding a Local Medical Library
Medical Libraries Open to the Public
Appendix E. Your Rights and Insurance
Your Rights as a Patient
Patient Responsibilities
Choosing an Insurance Plan
Medicare and Medicaid
NORD's Medication Assistance Programs
Additional Resources
Vocabulary Builder

Online Dictionary Directories

General Dictionaries and Glossaries


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