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an excellent resource
on 1 July 2012
This is a superb resource for anyone who is looking at starting or revising this area of medicine. It would also be useful for anyone with an interest in microbiology or infectious diseases, even students of biology, human biology or epidemiology would find this book and the accompanying app helpful.
The text isn't overly complex, and has a section at the beginning explaining how to use the book, and one on the abbreviations used.
It is broken down into 2 main areas: microbiology and infectious diseases. There is also a section for "self assessment".
~ respiratory infections
~ gastrointestinal infections
~ cardiovascular infections
~ haematology infections and HIV
~ genitourinary infections
~ nervous system infections
~ skin infections
~ bone and joint infections
~ congenital, neonatal and childhood infections
~ history taking, septic screen and monitoring
For every infectious illness mentioned (and it is not a fully comprehensive book, but covers all the more prevalent infectious diseases) there is a description of symptoms along with possible causes.
Each of these sections also contains some, if not all, of these mini boxes:
*"Micro Case" - case studies and bullet point summaries
* "Micro Facts" - summarisation of the essential facts
* "Micro Print" - extra information that may not be essential to all
* "Micro Reference" - panels for further research and guidelines
At the end of the book is a section for "Self Assessment". Each question has the correct answer included in the book.
The book is full colour showing drawings of cells and photographs of stained slide sections.
The book comes with a special code for the app download. Please note that this code can only be used once, so pick your device carefully.
The app allows access to even more detailed information, along with "on the move" information and suggestions for further research.
This is a superb reference text book. If you are thinking of a carer in the medical, medico-research and/or medio-technical areas then I can recommend it and its associated app for your consideration.
Even if your studies are only limited to the cell based areas then you may find the "micro biology" sections well worth a look.
I look forward to other texts in this range.