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Case Studies in Infectious Disease

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About the Book

Case Studies in Infectious Disease presents forty case studies featuring the most important human infectious diseases worldwide. Written for students of microbiology and medicine this book describes the natural history of infection from point of entry of the pathogen through pathogenesis, followed by clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.

Five core sets of questions are posed in each case. What is the nature of the infectious agent, how does it gain access to the body, what cells are infected, and how does the organism spread? What are the host defense mechanisms against the agent and how is the disease caused? What are the typical manifestations of the infection and the complications that can occur? How is the infection diagnosed and what is the differential diagnosis? How is the infection managed, and what preventative measures can be taken to avoid infection?

This standardized approach provides the reader with a logical basis for understanding these diverse and medically important organisms, fully integrating microbiology and immunology throughout.


"Scientifically, the chapter is accurate…the figures have been well chosen and they will help the reader to grasp the main points more readily. It was a pleasure reviewing this material…"

Dr Juerg Utzinger, Swiss Tropical Institute, Switzerland

(referring to Case 32. Schistosoma)

"I like the use of questions to deliver teaching to students. They can easily identify with what is being discussed and how it fits in with the overall chapter. It can also quickly direct learning to the appropriate part of the text and aid revision."

Dr Gordon Ramage, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

(referring to Case 1. Aspergillus fumigatus)

"…this is an extremely well-written book that would be a useful primer for microbiology – and medical students in understanding the natural history, diagnosis and treatment of many of the world’s most important human infectious diseases. It may also be of benefit to the research scientist, clinical laboratory scientist and practising infectious disease physicians."

Andrew Taylor-Robinson, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, British Society of Immunology Newsletter

Table of Contents

Case 1. Aspergillus fumigatus

Case 2. Borellia burgdorferi

Case 3. Campylobacter jejuni

Case 4. Chlamydia trachomatis

Case 5. Clostridium difficile

Case 6. Coxiella burnetti

Case 7. Coxsackie B virus

Case 8. Echinococcus spp.

Case 9. Epstein-Barr virus

Case 10. Escherichia coli

Case 11. Giardia lamblia

Case 12. Helicobacter pylori

Case 13. Hepatitis B virus

Case 14. Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV 1)

Case 15. Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV 2)

Case 16. Histoplasma capsulatum

Case 17. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Case 18. Influenza virus

Case 19. Leishmania

Case 20. Leptospira

Case 21. Listeria monocytogenes

Case 22. Mycobacterium leprae

Case 23. Mycobacterium tuburculosis

Case 24. Neisseria gonorrhoea

Case 25. Neisseria meningitides

Case 26. Norovirus

Case 27. Parvovirus

Case 28. Plasmodium

Case 29. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Case 30. Rickettsia spp.

Case 31. Salmonella typhi

Case 32. Schistosoma

Case 33. Staphlococcus aureus

Case 34. Streptococcus mitis

Case 35. Streptococcus pneumoniae

Case 36. Streptococcus pyogenes

Case 37. Toxoplasma

Case 38. Trypanosoma

Case 39. Varicella Zoster virus

Case 40. Wuchereria

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Infectious Diseases
MEDICAL / Immunology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology