Toxoplasmosis: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide

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This authoritative and comprehensive account looks at the reemergence of toxoplasmosis as a significant and potentially fatal infection. A team of acknowledged international experts review the latest diagnostic techniques, and the management of infection in pregnant women, neonates, the eye, transplant and other immunosuppressed patients, including AIDS patients. The contentious issue of the role of screening during pregnancy and in the newborn is covered in depth. The introductory chapters on biology, immunology, and epidemiology of the infection provide essential background to understanding the clinical disease. The full range of treatment strategies are presented in an easily accessible form.

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Reviewer: Randy Marosok, MD (Saint Mary's Mercy Medical Center)
Description: This is one of the most complete texts on toxoplasmosis that encompasses all aspects of this disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive clinical guide to toxoplasmosis. In a changing field with the immunocompromised patient and with new pharmacotherapies this is a worthy and well accomplished objective.
Audience: It is stated that this is meant to be a reference for infectious disease specialists, microbiologists, parasitologists, and obstetricians and gynecologists. This is correct, but the book is written in a format that any nonspecialist physician would find practical and useful.
Features: It provides an in-depth review of the fundamental background to the organism, including a very concise but updated review of the epidemiology, biology, and immunology of the disease. This is the most complete reference that I have encountered and found the summaries at the end of each section to be unique and extremely helpful. In addition, the appendixes at the end of the book (with appropriate references) are unique and act as a quick reference for treatment and management.
Assessment: I strongly believe that this is the single best reference on toxoplasmosis that I have encountered. I feel that it would be an invaluable tool for any physician diagnosing,treating or educating others in toxoplasmosis. It certainly will be a valuable asset in our clinical practice.
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"[T]his is the single best reference on invaluable tool for any physician diagnosing, treating or educating others in toxoplasmosis." 5 Stars! Doody's Review Service G

"There are few if any alternative books that cover this specialized and important disease so comprehensively."

"...a succinct yet comprehensive account of the major clinical features of toxoplasmosis... I recommend this volume to microbiologists and epidemiologists, as well as to clinicians of different specialties, such as primary care physicians, gynaecologists, and paediatricians both in practice and in training, and all those who care for patients affected by T gondii. The wealth of references also makes Toxoplasmosis: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide a valuable resource for further reading and research in this specialty." Olfica Djurkovic-Djakovic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521019422
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Historical perspective; 1. Biology Eskild Petersen and J. P. Dubey; 2. Immunology of toxoplasma infection Christopher A. Hunter and Gabrielle Reichman; 3. Epidemiology Susan M. Hall, Michael Ryan and David Buxton; 4. Infection in the immunocompetent Darrel O. Ho-Yen; 5. Infections in HIV positive patients Peter Mariuz and Roy T. Steigbigel; 6. Infection in other immunosuppressed patients Tim G. Wreghitt and David H. M. Joynson; 7. Maternal and fetal infection Philippe Thulliez; 8. Prenatal screening Ruth Gilbert and Catherine S. Peckham; 9. Newborn screening Roger Eaton, George F. Grady and Ho-Wen Hsu; 10. Infections in neonates and infants Jacques Couvreur; 11. Ocular infection Gordon N. Dutton; 12. Laboratory diagnosis of infection David H. M. Joynson and Edward C. Guy; 13. Antitoxoplasma chemotherapy Robert E. McCabe; 14. Vaccines James L. Fishback and Jack Frenkel; Appendices: Appendix 1. Suggested treatment protocols; Appendix 2. Management of toxoplasma infection in pregnancy; Appendix 3. Hygiene measures to prevent infection; Appendix 4. Classification system and case definitions; Index.

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