Case Studies in Infectious Disease

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Case Studies in Infectious Disease presents forty case studies featuring the most important human infectious diseases worldwide. Written for students of microbiology and medicine this book describes the natural history of infection from point of entry of the pathogen through pathogenesis, followed by clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.

Five core sets of questions are posed in each case.  What is the nature of the infectious agent, how does it gain access to the body, what cells are infected, and how does the organism spread?  What are the host defense mechanisms against the agent and how is the disease caused?  What are the typical manifestations of the infection and the complications that can occur?  How is the infection diagnosed and what is the differential diagnosis?  How is the infection managed, and what preventative measures can be taken to avoid infection?

This standardized approach provides the reader with a logical basis for understanding these diverse and medically important organisms, fully integrating microbiology and immunology throughout.

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About the Author:

Peter M Lydyard,
Emeritus Professor of Immunology Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK and Honorary Professor of Immunology School of Biosciences, University of Westminster, London, UK

Michael F Cole,
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DC, USA

John Holton,
Reader in Clinical Microbiology Windeyer Institute of Medical Sciences University College London, London, UK

William L Irving,
Professor and Honorary Consultant in Virology University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Nottingham, UK

Nino Porakishvili,
Senior Lecturer School of Biosciences, University of Westminster, London, UK and Honorary Professor, Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Pradhib Venkatesan,
Consultant in Infectious Diseases Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

Katherine N Ward,
Consultant Virologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK and Honorary Consultant Health Protection Agency, UK

Review:

"Scientifically, the chapter is accurate...the figures have been well chosen and they will help the reader to grasp the main points more readily.  It was a pleasure reviewing this material..."
Dr Juerg Utzinger, Swiss Tropical Institute, Switzerland
(referring to Case 32. Schistosoma)

"I like the use of questions to deliver teaching to students.  They can easily identify with what is being discussed and how it fits in with the overall chapter.  It can also quickly direct learning to the appropriate part of the text and aid revision."
Dr Gordon Ramage, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
(referring to Case 1. Aspergillus fumigatus)

"...this is an extremely well-written book that would be a useful primer for microbiology – and medical students in understanding the natural history, diagnosis and treatment of many of the world’s most important human infectious diseases. It may also be of benefit to the research scientist, clinical laboratory scientist and practising infectious disease physicians."

Andrew Taylor-Robinson, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, British Society of Immunology Newsletter

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