Case Studies in Infectious Disease

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.


Emerging Infectious Diseases

More than 30 newly emerged microorganisms and related diseases have been discovered in the past 20 years. Since these infections are so new, even infectious diseases experts and clinical microbiologists need more information. This book covers recently emerged infectious diseases based on real cases and provides comprehensive information including different aspects of the infections. Written in a ‘teaching’ style, this book is of interest to every medical specialist and student.

  • Includes more than 35 emerging infection cases based on the following criteria: newly emerged or re-emerged recently acquired significance in clinical practice recently radically changed in case management
  • Offers a balanced synthesis of basic and clinical sciences for each individual case, presenting clinical courses of the cases in parallel with the pathogenesis and detailed microbiological information for each infection
  • Describes the prevalence and incidence of the global issues and current therapeutic approaches
  • Presents the measures for infection control

Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease provides the comprehensive and actionable coverage you need to understand, diagnose, and manage the ever-changing, high-risk clinical problems caused by pediatric infectious diseases. With new chapters, expanded and updated coverage, and increased worldwide perspectives, this authoritative medical reference offers the latest need-to-know information in an easily-accessible, high-yield format for quick answers and fast, effective intervention!

  • Spend less time searching thanks to a consistent, easily-accessible format featuring revised high-yield information boxes, highlighted key points, and an abundance of detailed illustrations and at-a-glance tables.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected! A veritable “who’s who” of global authorities provides practical knowledge to effectively diagnose and manage almost any infectious disease you may encounter.
  • Quickly look up the answers you need by clinical presentation, pathogen, or type of host.
  • Get expanded coverage for all types of infectious diseases including new chapters on infection related to pets and exotic animals, and tickborne infections.
  • Apply the latest recommendations and treatments for emerging and re-emerging diseases including the H1N1 virus.

Microbial Endocrinology

Microbial endocrinology represents a newly emerging interdisciplinary field that is formed by the intersection of the fields of neurobiology and microbiology. This book will introduce a new perspective to the current understanding not only of the factors that mediate the ability of microbes to cause disease, but also to the mechanisms that maintain normal homeostasis. The discovery that microbes can directly respond to neuroendocrine hormones, as evidenced by increased growth and production of virulence-associated factors, provides for a new framework with which to investigate how microorganisms interface not only with vertebrates, but also with invertebrates and even plants. The reader will learn that the neuroendocrine hormones that one most commonly associates with mammals are actually found throughout the plant, insect and microbial communities to an extent that will undoubtedly surprise many, and most importantly, how interactions between microbes and neuroendocrine hormones can influence the pathophysiology of infectious disease.

The book is intended for anyone who is interested in the interaction of microbes with both the animal and plant kingdoms. This book is an interdisciplinary effort that will cover the presence of neuroendocrine hormones in vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and microorganisms themselves and how the ability of bacteria to directly respond to these neuroendocrine hormones introduces completely new paradigms in understanding infectious disease pathogenesis.