This textbook addresses many of the current-day illnesses seen by primary care clinicians and infectious diseases specialists. A case presentation format is used for all 54 chapters, and ...
This textbook addresses many of the current-day illnesses seen by primary care clinicians and infectious diseases specialists. A case presentation format is used for all 54 chapters, and this framework serves as a wonderful educational tool that mirrors, in many respects, the objectives of a “case conference” format. The dozens of authors from different areas of our specialty have ensured that a robust clinical examination of specific infection syndromes has been included. In addition, the Question and Answer section solidifies the educational benefits for all levels and types of clinicians who seek an understanding of disease diagnosis, management, and prevention.
A well-recognized characteristic of infectious diseases specialists is our focus on epidemiology, and this trait has served us well in developing successful clinical careers. Perhaps our compulsive investigation
of a patient’s illness has been key in the desire of our colleagues from other specialties to “get infectious diseases involved.” This focus is evident in each chapter so that the reader will have a deeper understanding of the epidemiology of illness and its impact on early, pathogen-based diagnoses.
Advances in the microbiology laboratory have clearly been influential in the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases. Automated systems have revolutionized laboratory activities, and even work areas in the laboratory have evolved. This textbook addresses many of these laboratory tools and how to interpret laboratory test results, which now are often available in almost warp speed. As a result, the duration of empiric (and possibly incorrect) therapy is shortened with the subsequent initiation of specific treatment, to the benefit of the individual patient.Less