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Nick Beeching , Geoff Gill
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13 Jun 2014 0470658533 978-0470658536 7th Edition
Providing a comprehensive introduction to the study of tropical medicine, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to include new content and more illustrations and clinical photographs to aid understanding. Now fully supported by a companion website containing hundreds of interactive multiple–choice questions, and available in a range of digital formats, Tropical Medicine Lecture Notes is the perfect resource for study and revision, and is the ideal companion for those practising medicine in tropical and sub–tropical regions. New edition of the best–selling tropical medicine textbook Brand new chapters covering Ophthalmology and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Increased coverage of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS More colour illustrations and photographs for greater clarity and understanding Fully supported by a companion website at www.lecturenoteseries.com/tropicalmed containing figures and summaries from the book in PowerPoint format, and hundreds of interactive MCQs (written by Dom Colbert) Now available in a range of digital formats – perfect for on–the–go study and clinical practice

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 7th Edition edition (13 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470658533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470658536
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Providing a comprehensive introduction to the study of tropical medicine, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to include new content and more illustrations and clinical photographs to aid understanding. Now fully supported by a companion website containing hundreds of interactive multiple–choice questions, and available in a range of digital formats, Tropical Medicine Lecture Notes is the perfect resource for study and revision, and is the ideal companion for those practising medicine in tropical and sub–tropical regions. New edition of the best–selling tropical medicine textbook Brand new chapters covering Ophthalmology and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Increased coverage of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS More colour illustrations and photographs for greater clarity and understanding Fully supported by a companion website at www.lecturenoteseries.com/tropicalmed containing figures and summaries from the book in PowerPoint format, and hundreds of interactive MCQs (written by Dom Colbert) Now available in a range of digital formats – perfect for on–the–go study and clinical practice For information on all the titles in the Lecture Notes series, please visit: www.lecturenoteseries.com

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Nick Beeching is Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Geoff Gill is Emeritus Professor of International Medicine, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Sussman TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Tropical medicine - sometimes called International medicine deals medicine relating health problems that occur exclusively, are more prevalent, or prove more problematic to control in tropical and subtropical regions.

Lecture Notes: Tropical Medicine is a wide-ranging primer to tropical medicine. At the heart of the text the material is accessible clear and concise way fashion. There is the appropriate use of broad use of diagrams, algorithms and tables. All sections have been updated to reflect current best practice and full noted bibliographies and further reading lists of web-based resources have been drawn-out and updated. Notable chapters such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria have experienced widespread review, thus the latest modifications in best practice for these topics since the last edition. A text for primary use for postgraduate doctors specializing in tropical medicine seminars, as well as medical other students/reactionaries who are undertaking a tropical medicine in their elective period. A text also exceedingly for other health professionals involved with medicine in the tropics, or tropical diseases that have brought home from related areas.

This is an excellent text that delivers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of tropical medicine 15 Sep 2014
By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Wileys lecture notes are an excellent source of information for medical students and healthcare professionals. The tropical medicine volume is highly informative.

The book is divided into 3 main sections:

Part I Presentation -symptoms and complexes
Part II Major tropical infections including Maleria, TB, HIV, leprosy, trypansomiasis, leishmaniasis.
Part III other tropical diseases including: cholera, amoebiasis, protazoal infections, rabies, tetanus, lung, liver and flukes, brucellosis, thyphoid, fevers, leptospirosis, eye diseases, scabies, lice and haemoglobinopathies.

The book contains 379 pages, and covers 50+ diseases. The information is concise but adequate to understand the key features of each disease area.

The topics are authored by a variety of academic experts, the approach is practical, how to diagnose and treat patients. The publisher has not constrained the authors to a fixed number of pages per disease, and on an individual level each the topic is covered well, with appropriate levels of detail. There is however a lack on continuity across the book. For example section headings are common to many but not identical and are placed at different points in the chapter. (The eversion may be more useful for student in this respect as searching is easier.) Each topic does have a bullet point summary and further reading list. There are some excellent diagrams, flow charts and summary tables but as with section headings the format is not consistent across each chapter. There are photos in some topics.

This text is also available as an ebook via vitalsource, but purchasing the paper version does not give access to the eversion a pity as this is available with some medical texts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good medical text book well written. 12 Sep 2014
By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE
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While by education was not medical, I do have a science back ground working in laboratories all of my life. So I know a good science text book when see it and am pleased to say that this is an excellent "Lecture Notes" text book.
As preface states this volume is aimed a medical students and those who work with practitioners of medicine in the tropics.
There is also a helpful website to visit which includes the text of this book.
The authors (and there are many) start with a general approach to the symptons, the move on to various types and causes of medical problems that may be found in the tropical area's.
There are many good photograph's and other illustractions. The writing style is easy on the eye. I have enjoyed (if that is the right word) reading about tropical medicine. Not a subject I have read about before. We hear so much about for example: Malaria, actually reading and understanding some of the problems with this have been really interesting.
A good text book for a medical student and even a interested person
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - excellent academic textbook 30 Aug 2014
By Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe VINE VOICE
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As one would expect with a book published by Wiley Blackwell, and written by a wide range of respected academics, this is a fine piece of work.

The book is really substantial - 390 pages packed with information. It is not dense or difficult to read however, as the designers have done a really good job with the layout, with key points summarised frequently, and the authors make good use of diagrams, tables and photographs. There are suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter and web-links to interactive MCQs.

All royalties go to a fund held at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which is used to award bursaries to medical students undertaking elective periods in tropical countries.

I commend the editors on their efforts.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Introduction to the Topic of Tropical Medicine 17 Sep 2014
By PeaTee - Published on Amazon.com
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WILEY has been printing these medical guides for over 30 years and at first the book on TROPICAL MEDICINE was written by a foremost researcher and lecturer. This present edition has been expanded and is now the work of many authorities, and the book serves as either an introduction to the topic, or as a sort of cliff notes for studying.

I-myself am no clinician nor medical student, so keep that mind.

Wiley's TROPICAL MEDICINE is a book with a British perspective. Which means that there are British spellings and a wide-world view which focuses more on the clinician who is in the field than one sitting in the US/Canada who is trying to figure out what his patient has contracted during his last vacation.

The World Health Organization and WHO guidelines are frequently mentioned and it seems to me that there's an tacit appreciation of that organization's approach to world health.

If we look at the section on Rabies I think you'll get a good idea of how topics are approached. [Rabies is a manageable-in-size example. Sections on HIV are very long, while the information on venomous spiders is exceedingly short. This is somewhere in between at 4.5 pages]

The section on Rabies begins with a brief description of the RNA, followed quickly with a reminder that the victims are warm-blooded animals.

The authors' describe how the virus weaves it's way through the body: from bite point to brain; or in certain conditions transplant to brain. Students are then reminded that between 35,000-50,000 human deaths every year from this virus.

Most of us are vaguely familiar with the behavior of infected dogs and animals so there isn't much said about that before the clinical behavior of humans are described. This is followed by diagnosis and postmortem diagnosis with warnings that the latter work should probably only be done by vaccinated, and fully protected experts. Treatment is outlined along with a warning to prepare doctors for the fact that they may lose their patients.

There's a questionnaire provided of questions to ask injured parties to help determine if they might have been exposed. Post-exposure treatment takes up most of the rest of the section.

The World Health Organization that I mentioned comes in at this point. For it is their recommended schedules of drug administration that is referenced, as well as their ideas of what prevention methods are available.

To me the sections on known prevention methodologies is perhaps the most novel information in this section. Whereas the student might know his medicine, he might be oblivious to the fact that 'soldiers armed with assault rifles' are not effective controls against rabies that is spreading in a community.

There are photos throughout, and charts. More would be useful.

SUMMARY

There is so much that falls under the umbrella of TROPICAL MEDICINE that it's difficult for one small book to do more than stand as either a introductory guide to newbies, or as study notes.

Worms, fungii, viruses and bacteria thrive in warmer climates and provide doctors and nurses with a wide range of challenges, many of which are hardly mentioned in this book.

Photos are always useful, and more would make for a better book, but I also understand that an introductory book might want to limit itself in size.

I did not find this volume to be too technical for a layman like myself. [Interpret that as you will.]

Perhaps one of the most useful parts of this book are the Further Reading suggestions.

**There were online features that sounded very interesting, however the code to access these was not made available with the Review Copy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for mosquito smashing--both practice and motivation 9 Sep 2014
By Doug Hibbard - Published on Amazon.com
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I live in rice farming country, and the first contribution this Tropical Medicine textbook made to controlling tropical diseases? Smashed a mosquito, dead. For this alone, I would give 5 stars.

However, I doubt you're shopping here for that purpose. So, what do we have?

Obviously, it's a medical study textbook. For the most part, that is the target audience, and if your school requires it, then you're going to read it. Also fairly obvious: from a UK publisher, so there are a few "u"s scattered in the spelling that we Americans might get thrown by.

Now, when it comes to general reading: you don't want this book for fun reading. You'll be convince of the mosquito-borne apocalypse all night long.

However, if you are studying either for legitimate disaster readiness or for medical knowledge, you'll find this a well-organized presentation of tropical medicine issues. First, there is an overview of typical symptoms--and then a breakdown of how to work through these to find the actual underlying infection.

After all, few show up and say "I have visceral leishmaniasis" but they will present with fever. Taking this example, the text also explains how to deal with co-presentation with HIV infection and addresses the prospects for the eradication of this disease. (It is parasitic and therefore could be reduced or eliminated if the vectors are treated.)

The included information on HIV demonstrates the prevalence of that infection and concern over it around the world.

A word is also due about the available resources through the linked Lecture Notes Series website. These are comprehensive and a great aid to understanding the material.

Of course, it all seems to come back to mosquitoes. So smash a few, and then work on controlling them as a disease vector...and take a read at this if your field requires knowledge of tropical medicine.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of knowledge 18 Sep 2014
By Pampered Prepper - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not in the field of medicine, but it is extremely fascinating to me. Subsequently I picked this book up in order to perhaps learn a few things in case of a disaster where medical help may not be available.

First off I learned a lot of useful things about different infections and the like as well as how to identify them. There are also treatments that are discussed and for the common person those may be harder to execute.

It seems like some things are covered more in depth than others. However since this is suppose to be lecture notes I'm sure there are other readings that would pair well with this. It also looks like there is an interactive online option however it requires a code that I was not provided with this "advance copy". I also would have preferred more pictures of the said ailments but there are other books for that I'm sure.

There's a lot of information to obtain from this book whether your a would be health professional or a regular civilian who believes in being prepared for the worst. Keep in mind this is not light reading in any way but as far as i'm concerned its worth having.
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful if you are traveling in the remote countrysides of SE Asia 12 Sep 2014
By Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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[Good]

The text itself is readable to most people, which is great. There is some medical jargon as expected, but nothing that some light googling couldn't make clear. In general the text covers symptoms, the cause, a short summary of how the disease progresses, and hopefully, as it does in most cases, it discusses a treatment.

The quality of the paper is great. It's smooth; text is clear and so are the color pictures.

Pictures of symptoms are in color.

The book is a good size. The pictures make it look huge, but in reality its dimensions are smaller than most high school notebooks.

[Ok]

Price: It is a textbook, so it will command textbook prices. It's actually pretty reasonable for a textbook in terms of price.

[Verdict]

Highly recommended if you plan on going anywhere remote in tropical areas.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything that I needed for an educational session on tropical medicine. Whew! 8 Sep 2014
By Quickbeam - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an RN who case manages work related injuries and exposures. I also serve as a resource for the claim staff who do not have medical training. They must handle complex medical claims for workers who travel to Africa, India and South America on business. I was asked to put together some presentations on tropical medicine. This book as been a life saver. Not only does it cover most of the more common tropical illnesses rarely found in the US, the website has Power Point presentations and handouts available to the user. A complete and total life saver in addition to having everything I need on the topic!

I can honestly say that I might never have needed this book prior to my current position but it has been very helpful. It is very well organized. Bravo.
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