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Oxford Handbook of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (Flexicover) (Oxford Medical Handbooks) Flexibound – 26 Mar 2009
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The authors have achieved a Herculean task in including so much information in what is still a pocket-sized volume, albeit close to 900 pages, and in a format that is accessible and readable...In terms of value for money and information per cm3, this handbook cannot be beaten. (Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy)
About the Author
Estee Torok trained in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology in Oxford. Prior to this she was a Clinical Research Fellow based at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam. Her research interests are HIV, tuberculosis, central nervous system infections and the development of diagnostic tests for the developing world. Ed Moran is a registrar in Infectious Disease and General Medicine. He trained in Cambridge, studied for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine in Liverpool and undertook his PhD in Dengue Fever immunology in Oxford and Vietnam. He has worked as a physician in the UK and South Africa, and is currently based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Fiona Cooke trained in Medical Microbiology in London and Cambridge. She completed her PhD at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Her interests are gastro-intestinal infections, bacterial genomics and the development of molecular tests.
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As a general physicians i've found it very helpful given the frequent presentation of infectious disease to the acute medical take and complications arising in hospital patients.
I imagine registrars in ID would require more detailed texts but the beginner or SHO would certainly benefit.
The other main limitation is the lack of pictures, especially when dealing with skin infections. But then pictures would probably take up too much room in a book like this and i suppose that why they left them out.
Its also worth noting that this is a first edition and i imagine it will be even better with future editions.
Would highly recommend this text to anybody studying the same.
It provides light relief from heavier texts for Microbiology and ID trainees and yet it probably contains enough information even for most of the FRCPath Part 2. HOWEVER if you are doing specialty exams beware there are a few significant errors (for instance suggests that some streptococci are catalase positive) so it make sure you use it in conjunction with a larger textbook/experienced colleague and double check any dubious facts.
I don't think such errors would affect the generalist using it as a reference text.
I look forward to the next (corrected) edition.
This book is an excellent, detailed, but at the same time, a quick guide. It is definitely a recommendeded one for Foundation Doctors, registrars in any specialty and consultants in a range of specialities such as Communicable Disease Control, Public Health, General Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery, etc. It is also highly recommended for other healthcare professionals, such as infection control nurses and Directors of Infection Prevention and Control, who have an interest in 'bugs'.
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