Saturday, February 19, 2011

0 Books: Tickborne Diseases and Disease Vectors

I've just been informed I'm getting two books in the mail in about a week or so, and when they get here, I'll be sure to let everyone know and offer my own review of them once I've read a significant portion of them...

Tick-Borne Diseases of Humans edited by Jesse L. Goodman, David T. Dennis, and Daniel E. Sonenshine.

Amazon product description: A ready resource, this book covers key information that will be highly useful to students and professionals in the fields of human and veterinary medicine, public health, medical entomology, acarology, and ecology. Written by experts with specialized field knowledge, "Tick-Borne Diseases of Humans" presents state-of-the-art information on disease epidemiology, transmission, and ecology.

The book is divided into three sections, each of which can be used independently or in concert with the remaining two sections.

 Section I integrates divergent information relevant to the full spectrum of tick-borne diseases, incorporating tick biology and identification, distribution of the diseases ticks transmit, and various strategies for tick control. In addition, this section comprehensively reviews the clinical approach to a patient with a possible tick-borne affliction.

Section II is devoted to in-depth profiles of specific diseases, including information on disease history, biology, epidemiology, ecology, transmission, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. And, Section III examines the geographical distribution of tick-borne diseases and their vectors.

This book examines the striking increase in incidence and our subsequent awareness of a broad array of tick-borne diseases.

It addresses both vector and disease perspectives, including state-of-the-art information on disease epidemiology, transmission, and ecology; clinical and laboratory findings; diagnosis; and treatment and prevention.

It includes a useful full-color insert, with maps of vector and disease distribution, an atlas of clinical and pathologic images, and illustrations of diagnostically important skin lesions and blood smears; introduces public health practitioners, research scientists, and students to the field and also provides references for information beyond traditional areas of expertise; and also presents accessible information to an informed public on disease transmission, clinical laboratory diagnosis and treatment, and history of infections.      

The Biology of Disease Vectors by Barry J. Beatty and William C. Marquardt. (This is the first edition, and I'll be getting the second edition shortly thereafter to make a comparison.)

This comment is stated on the second edition on Elsevier: "Biology of Disease Vectors presents a comprehensive and advanced discussion of disease vectors and what the future may hold for their control. This edition examines the control of disease vectors through topics such as general biological requirements of vectors, epidemiology, physiology and molecular biology, genetics, principles of control and insecticide resistance. Methods of maintaining vectors in the laboratory are also described in detail. No other single volume includes both basic information on vectors, as well as chapters on cutting-edge topics, authored by the leading experts in the field. The first edition of Biology of Disease Vectors was a landmark text, and this edition promises to have even more impact as a reference for current thought and techniques in vector biology."


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