The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

 
9780597829918: The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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 rocky mountain spotted fever, 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 rocky mountain spotted fever. Following an introductory chapter, the sourcebook is organized into three parts. PART I: THE ESSENTIALS; Chapter 1. The Essentials on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Guidelines; Chapter 2. Seeking Guidance; PART II: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ADVANCED MATERIAL; Chapter 3. Studies on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; Chapter 4. Books on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; Chapter 5. Multimedia on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; Chapter 6. Physician Guidelines and Databases; PART III. APPENDICES; Appendix A. Researching Your Medications; Appendix B. Researching Nutrition; Appendix C. Finding Medical Libraries; Appendix D. Your Rights and Insurance; ONLINE GLOSSARIES; ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER GLOSSARY; INDEX. Related topics include: RMSF, Sao Paulo Typhus, Spotted fever, Tick typhus, Tickborne Typhus Fever.

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This is a "must have" reference book for patients, parents, caregivers, and libraries with medical collections. This sourcebook is organized into three parts. Part I explores basic techniques to researching rocky mountain spotted fever (e.g. finding guidelines on diagnosis, treatments, and prognosis), followed by a number of topics, including information on how to get in touch with organizations, associations, or other patient networks dedicated to rocky mountain spotted fever. It also gives you sources of information that can help you find a doctor in your local area specializing in treating rocky mountain spotted fever. Collectively, the material presented in Part I is a complete primer on basic research topics for patients with rocky mountain spotted fever. Part II moves on to advanced research dedicated to rocky mountain spotted fever. Part II is intended for those willing to invest many hours of hard work and study. It is here that we direct you to the latest scientific and applied research on rocky mountain spotted fever. When possible, contact names, links via the Internet, and summaries are provided. In general, every attempt is made to recommend "free-to-use" options. Part III provides appendices of useful background reading for all patients with rocky mountain spotted fever or related disorders. The appendices are dedicated to more pragmatic issues faced by many patients with rocky mountain spotted fever. Accessing materials via medical libraries may be the only option for some readers, so a guide is provided for finding local medical libraries which are open to the public. Part III, therefore, focuses on advice that goes beyond the biological and scientific issues facing patients with rocky mountain spotted fever.

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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 rocky mountain spotted fever, your doctor, research publications, and specialists may refer to your condition using a variety of terms. Therefore, you should understand that rocky mountain spotted fever is often considered a synonym or a condition closely related to the following: RMSF; Sao Paulo Typhus; Spotted fever; Tick typhus; Tickborne Typhus Fever.

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