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Oxford Handbook of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (Flexicover) (Oxford Medical Handbooks) Flexibound – 26 Mar 2009

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  • Flexibound: 944 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (26 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198569254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198569251
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3.3 x 10.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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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This book is very useful... I have in d1g1tal format. See my c0ntcact in my pr0file.
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I found that this handbook was very well laid out, with the various clinical deseases and more importantly (for me) how to identify the organisms. This gives a concise overview of the important aspects of the different infections and would be very useful if studying Microbiology for Biomedical Science either at degree level, specialist portfolio or general CPD.
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This is a handy compact summary of infectious diseases. It is well laid out and each subject generally gets a 2 page spread which means its easily digestible, with a consistent format.

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.
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I found this book very useful for quick reference when studying medical micro, infection control and various other microbiology related modules on my Biomedical science degree.
Would highly recommend this text to anybody studying the same.
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Overall this book is good value. As stated by previous reviewers it is digestible, portable and comprehensive considering its size. It is mostly a summary of Mandell (pick any bug; read the relevant chapters from each book and you will notice a remarkable similarity!) which has to be a good thing. The format allows you to search and read either by bug or by disease and contains some useful infection prevention tips.
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.
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In the true fashion of the Oxford Handbook series, this book gives a concise synopsis of a rather complex topic using simple, understandable terms.

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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