Principles of Medicine in Africa

Principles of Medicine in Africa

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Principles of Medicine in Africa combines classical clinical medicine with a rich understanding of the major environmental and cultural influences on health and disease, providing comprehensive guidance for anyone intending to practise medicine in Africa. Disease is presented in the context of family and culture, and the effects of inequality and problems of limited resources are addressed. The authors have a wealth of experience in front line healthcare and provide practical, evidence-based management guidelines for all the common and less common conditions likely to be encountered. This fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate the latest research findings and management guidelines. It includes an expanded section on maternal and child health, but careful editing has generated a slimmer volume, whilst retaining all of the essential content. This is the one essential text for medical students and healthcare professionals wanting a complete and up-to-date reference book on medicine in more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 296 b/w illus. 440 colour illus.
  • 1139603108
  • 9781139603102

Table of contents

Preface; Part I. Health and Disease: 1. People and their environment; 2. Food and nutrition; 3. Refugees and disasters; 4. Managing a health service; Part II. Mother and Child Health: 5. The pregnant patient; 6. Neonatal care; 7. The integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI); 8. Severe acute malnutrition in childhood; 9. Diarrhoea; 10. Pneumonia and acute lower respiratory tract infections in children; 11. Measles; 12. Pertussis; Part III. Infection: General Principles: 13. The immune response to infection; 14. Approach to the febrile patient; 15. The control and prevention of infection; Part IV. Major Common Infections: 16. Malaria; 17. HIV/AIDS; 18. Tuberculosis; 19. Pneumonia in adults; 20. Meningitis; 21. Sexually transmitted infections; Part V. Bacterial Infections: 22. Typhoid, paratyphoid and non-typhoid salmonella infections; 23. Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus; 24. Rickettsial infections; 25. Brucellosis; 26. Leptospirosis; 27. Relapsing fever; 28. Plague; 29. Anthrax; 30. Tetanus; 31. Diphtheria; 32. Leprosy; 33. Cholera; Part VI. Viral Infections: 34. Viral haemorrhagic fevers: yellow fever, Lassa fever, Rift Valley fever, Ebola/Marburg fever and Crimean-Congo fever; 35. Dengue; 36. Rabies; 37. Influenza; 38. Poliomyelitis; 39. Varicella (chicken pox), Herpes zoster and monkey pox; 40. Rubella; 41. Mumps; Part VII. Protozoal Infections: 42. Leishmaniasis; 43. Human Africa trypanosomiasis; 44. Amoebiasis; 45. Intestinal protozoa; Part VIII. Helminth Infections: 46. Intestinal helminths; 47. Schistosomiasis; 48. Lymphatic filariasis and Loa Loa; 49. Onchocerciasis; 50. Cysticercosis; 51. Hydatid disease; 52. Paragonimiasis; 53. Trichinosis; 54. Guinea worm; Part IX. Fungal Infections: 55. Fungal infections; Part X. Non-Communicable Diseases: 56. Chronic and non-communicable disease in Africa; 57. Chronic non-communicable disease in health care; 58. Diabetes mellitus; 59. Hypertension; 60. Stroke; 61. Epilepsy; 62. Mental health; 63. Asthma; 64. The disabled patient; Part XI. Diseases of Body Systems: 65. The heart; 66. The lung; 67. Blood disorders; 68. The gut; 69. The liver; 70. The kidney and body fluids; 71. Bones and joints; 72. Endocrinology; 73. The nervous system; 74. The skin; 75. The eye; Part XII. Cancer and Palliative Care: 76. Cancers and lymphomas; 77. Palliative care in Africa; Part XIII. Venoms and Poisons: 78. Venomous and other dangerous animals; 79. Poisoning; more

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David Mabey is Professor of Communicable Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He worked for eight years at the Medical Research Council Laboratories in Gambia, where he was in charge of clinical services. Geoffrey Gill is Professor of International Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He has worked extensively in Africa (Zambia, Ethiopia and South Africa) and has published widely on chronic disease care in the tropics. Sir Eldryd Parry has unrivalled experience of medicine in Africa, having been Professor of Medicine in Ghana, Ethiopia and Nigeria. He founded the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and, in 2011, was knighted for services to healthcare development in Africa. Martin Weber is a paediatrician working for the World Health Organization. He worked as a research clinician at the MRC Laboratories in Gambia for six years and has played a key role in the development and evaluation of treatment guidelines for children. Christopher Whitty is Professor of International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has worked as a clinician in Malawi and has led clinical research projects in Tanzania, Ghana and more

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Review of the previous edition: 'This is a big book, physically and intellectually, and must rank among the very best on health care anywhere.' The Lancet '... extremely student friendly ... highly readable and well-edited, the textbook covers all aspects of diseases in the tropics ... extremely practical ... an up-to-date masterpiece ...' Journal of the American Medical Association 'Unlike most conventional textbooks that take either a systemic or syndromic approach, this book provides a synthesis to address the major health concerns facing Africa's inhabitants ... The book's contributors all write with an African audience in mind: management guidelines are pertinent and in keeping with the realities for physicians who practise in Africa - with material, financial, and workforce constraints ... Principles of Medicine in Africa should not only appeal to physicians practising in Africa but also to anyone who has an interest in the practice of medicine in a challenging, resource-constrained environment.' The Lancetshow more

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