Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases PDF


Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases PDF

Essentials-of-Clinical-Infectious-Diseases pdf

Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases was developed from our experience teaching infectious diseases, microbiology, and antimicrobial pharmacology to students, residents, fellows, and primary care physicians at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Our goal was to present current basic science and clinical concepts for each major infectious disease topic in a clear and easily accessible format for readers.

We adhere wherever possible to a standard pattern of description that aims to define the topic; provide an introduction including classification, pathophysiology, and epidemiologic information; list relevant causative microorganisms; and describe the salient clinical aspects and diagnostic and therapeutic approach (physical examination and relevant laboratory methods, diagnostic imaging, and appropriate antimicrobial therapy).

We have also gone beyond the basic clinical syndromes to cover important related topics such as antimicrobial agents, medical microbiology, fever and neutropenia, approach to evaluating leukocytosis, infectious diseases approach to SIRS and sepsis, and basic approach to infection control and hospital epidemiology.

While medicine continues to evolve and the amount of knowledge a learner must retain may seem daunting, knowing basic concepts can make the approach to a patient with a possible infection an easy and exciting task.

Although this text is arranged by specific infectious disease topics, patients typically present with a constellation of symptoms and signs. Knowing basic concepts, therefore, can help clinicians arrive at the diagnosis of the disease causing the patient’s symptoms and signs.

This process of clinical problem solving begins by discussing with the patient the chronology of events associated with the symptoms or signs experienced and asking appropriate questions.
A complete physical examination is then performed for diagnostic clues that lead to the formulation of a differential diagnosis that is predicated on an understanding of these basic concepts. Based on the initial discussion and examination, appropriate laboratory or imaging tests are ordered to support or refute the diagnostic considerations. It is our hope that this practical reference will help guide the reader through the diagnostic evaluation as well as the process of caring for the patient with an infection.
The editor and contributing authors have collaborated to prepare chapters consistent with the medical literature and their teaching, clinical, and research activities within academic medicine. Each chapter concludes with key references to current literature and classic articles for further study if desired.

Through this Essentials text the authors strive enthusiastically to impart to readers a solid fundamental knowledge and approach to clinical infectious diseases that will sustain them adequately in their chosen medical professional career.


Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases PDF