Tuberculosis (TB), a deadly airborne disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, takes the lives of almost 2 million people each year and is considered to be the most common infectious disease in the world. However, thanks to the efforts of researchers such as the volumes' lead editor, Dr. Stefan H. E. Kaufmann, there have been several recent advances in fighting the disease.
Dr. Stefan Kaufmann, the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Charité at the Humboldt University, Berlin, has published more than 600 scientific articles and currently serves as President of the European Federation of Immunological Societies and Chair of the Immunology Division of the American Society of Microbiology. Dr. Kaufmann is considered the world's leading expert in the field of tuberculosis.
The Handbook of Tuberculosis, which explores the causes and available treatments of the widespread infection as well as current research into vaccination, is divided into three separate volumes covering different areas of study. This third volume of a three volume tuberculosis book series provides a comprehensive overview of clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic and epidemiological aspects of tuberculosis.
"Given the multiple challenges related to tuberculosis (multidrug resistant organisms, the role of HIV co-infection, and World Health Organization strategy to decrease the transmission of tuberculosis, to name a few), this book is an important aid for every practitioner involved in the care of patients afflicted with tuberculosis."
-- Carlos Figueroa Castro, MD (Boone Hospital Center) Doody's Review
"This is a good review of the clinical management and epidemiology of tuberculosis... The discussions of the global epidemiology and the international perspective are good introductions for healthcare providers interested in these areas."
-- Rebecca Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM) (University of Kansas Medical Center) Doody's Review - previous edition
"Handbook of Tuberculosis is a very useful tool for clinicians who care for patients with tuberculosis. It is also useful to researchers due to the comprehensive information provided on immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry."
-- Diane M Cappelletty, PharmD (College of Pharmacy, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH)
With its clinical emphasis, the book will be attractive to clinical investigators and healthcare providers. It is easy to read, and it will be a useful tool for novice and more seasoned clinicians. It will give some perspective to investigators involved in basic science research. As with the previous books from this series, the authors are respected investigators from different countries.