Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9780199692569
ISBN-10: 0199692564
Copyright: 2014
Edition: 4th
Editors: Davidson, Robert, Brent, Andrew, Seale, Anna,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 86
Reviewer: Jason Beste,  MD  (University of Washington School of Medicine)
This is the fourth edition of a comprehensive book on the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment/management, and prevention of both infectious and noncommunicable diseases for medical professionals working in resource-limited settings. This edition includes updated chapters on systems-based diseases as well as chapters dedicated to HIV, TB, malaria, diarrheal diseases, obstetric emergencies, poisonings, and humanitarian crises. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Designed as a clinical medical handbook, it uses a practical approach to address not only tropical infectious diseases, but also other noncommunicable diseases and medical challenges that medical providers face in resource-limited settings, including obstetric emergencies, health emergencies in humanitarian crises, antibiotic resistance, an increasing number of noncommunicable diseases, and clinical biochemistry.
It is aimed at healthcare professionals such as physicians, clinical officers, nurses, and medical assistants. The book is written by 52 well-respected authors from around the world including Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Europe.
Most chapters use a systems-based approach, except for a few dedicated to the expansive topics of HIV, malaria, TB, diarrheal diseases, antibiotics, and health emergencies during a humanitarian crisis. New features include new color illustrations and website links. There are some shortcomings, however. Not all of the HIV medication classes or even medications are included (i.e. INSTIs, CCR5). Option "B+" gets one sentence, although it is now recommended by the World Health Organization, while a larger outdated section covers Option "A" and Option "B". There is no discussion of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PReP). There is no discussion of the new oral hepatitis C drugs (simeprevir, sofosbuvir), even though they can become a game changer in resource-limited settings in the future. There is also no discussion of common side effects of commonly used drugs in resource-limited settings (other than the section on ARV side effects).
This new edition is a more comprehensive clinical handbook than its predecessors, with new sections on obstetric emergencies, pediatric HIV, antibiotic stewardship, healthcare in humanitarian crises, and enhanced sections on noncommunicable diseases as well as updates on HIV, TB, malaria, diarrheal diseases, and tropical diseases. This is a useful resource for healthcare providers who work in limited-resource settings and/or in tropical areas.
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