Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine / Edition 1

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"This third edition provides a signs-and-symptoms-based guide to medical problems commonly seen in the tropics." The sections on trauma, malaria, cardiology, chest medicine, gastroenterology, mental health, and dermatology have undergone major revision, and there is new material on altitude sickness, heat stroke, avian flu, and poisoning.

Presents WHO/UNICEF approach; major diseases disc.; also body systems, immunizations, trauma, poisons; pediatrics.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Medical Association
...will appeal to clinicians working in developing countries or in the tropics, particularly those who may not already use a similar handbook or guide in their clinical practice. Students and new clinicians in tropical medicine will find it a useful learning tool. Clinicians will also find the handbook easy to read. The cost is not prohibitive for clinicians or students, and it is invaluable when used by the clinician in conjunction with standard reference textbooks in tropical medicine and general medicine.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Winnie Ooi, MD, MPH, DMD (Harvard Medical School)
Description: This is a practical, well written pocket-sized handbook for practitioners or medical students of tropical medicine working in an area of limited resources. It combines useful algorithms for common clinical problems and current WHO guidelines for classification and treatment of many infectious and noninfectious diseases. Chapters on many topics such as trauma, cardiology, mental health, and dermatology, as well as HIV infection, have undergone major expansion and revision since the last edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: This book sets out to bridge the gap between textbooks of clinical medicine (written for facilities with abundant resources) and WHO guidelines to guide practitioners in isolated, resource-poor areas. The authors meet these worthwhile objectives.
Audience: Physicians and nurses are the intended audience. The original authors, medical students when they wrote the first edition, have added many credible authorities as contributors for subsequent editions. For readers who need more detail, the book provides many useful websites.
Features: The book attempts to cover the most important and common diseases found in the tropics such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV disease in addition to other equally important topics such as nutrition. It uses the syndrome and/or symptom oriented approach to diagnosis and treatment based on WHO guidelines. The many algorithms are particularly useful in this respect. Some illustrations have been added as useful guides for diagnosis. This edition also pays more attention to treatment of trauma, which is so common in developing countries. Subsequent editions may benefit from a stronger emphasis on prevention and education.
Assessment: Based on current WHO guidelines, this is a well written, comprehensive handbook of clinical tropical medicine that will be useful for practitioners in isolated settings. This edition includes among its additions many useful diagnostic images and chapters edited or written by authorities in their areas of expertise. In particular, the different aspects of HIV disease appropriately have been given a full chapter with attention to screening and prevention, diagnosis, antiretroviral therapy (ART) and postexposure prophylaxis.
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"This is a well written, reasonably comprehensive handbook of clinical tropical medicine that will be very useful for the practitioner in an isolated setting. It is based on current WHO guidelines and in this new edition has added several useful diagnositc images and chapters edited or written by authorities in their area of expertise."--Doody's

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192627728
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/8/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Oxford University

Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow

University of Cape Town

York District Hospital

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Table of Contents

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1 Management of the sick child 1

2 Malaria 31


4 Tuberculosis 139

5 Respiratory medicine 163

6 Diarrhoeal diseases 213

7 Gastroenterology 269

8 Cardiology 329

9 Renal medicine 363

10 Neurology 393

11 Haematology 453

12 Endocrinology 499

13 Ophthalmology 523

14 Dermatology 541

15 Bone, joint, and soft tissue infections 579

16 Sexually transmitted infections 595

17 Nutrition 621

18 Multi-system diseases and infections 665

19 Mental health 741

20 Trauma and obstetric emergencies 771

21 Poisoning and envenoming 787

22 Immunization 807

23 Appendix: websites 829

Index 831

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