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.
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.