As the importance of medical entomology increases, access to up-to-date, authoritative information also becomes increasingly important. Over 12 years, the award-winning, bestselling Physician's Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance has established itself as a standard reference in doctors' offices and emergency rooms, and the fifth edition is no exception. Each edition has become a bestseller in its own right and the fourth edition received highly commended in the 2003 British Medical Association book competition. Designed to help clinicians identify various arthropods and to trace the signs and symptoms of vector-borne diseases to their sources, the text also details currently recommended forms of treatment.
The volume begins by describing the pathologic conditions caused by arthropods and the principles of treating those conditions. It elucidates the rationale behind the various treatment regimes and the underlying principles of controlling the immune response. It covers identification of arthropods and common signs and symptoms of vector-borne disease. The book then provides an alphabetical arrangement of arthropods of medical importance with clearly marked subheadings for easy information access.
The chapters have been updated with the latest information and current references. Older photographs and line drawings have been replaced with new and improved versions. More importantly, a CD-ROM has been developed to accompany the new edition. The interactive CD contains helpful identification aids, additional reading materials, and more color photos.
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PATHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS CAUSED BY ARTHROPODS AND PRINCIPLES OF THEIR TREATMENT
Principles of Treatment for Arthropod Bites, Stings, and Other Exposure
Allergy to Arthropods and Their Venoms
Dermatitis, Urticaria, and Blistering from Contact with Arthropods
Delusions of Parasitosis
IDENTIFICATION OF ARTHROPODS AND THE DISEASES THEY CAUSE
Identification of Medically Important Arthropods
Signs and Symptoms of Arthropod-Borne Diseases
ARTHROPODS OF MEDICAL IMPORTANCE
Flies Whose Maggots Cause Myiasis in Humans
Moths (Species Whose Scales or Hairs Cause Irritation)
Wasps (Paper Wasps, Hornets, and Yellowjackets)
PERSONAL PROTECTION MEASURES AGAINST ARTHROPODS
Pros and Cons of Repellents
Arthropod-Specific Personal Protection Techniques
GLOSSARY, SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING, AND INDEX
"As an allergist-immunologist, I see many patients who seek evaluation for conditions thought to be related to insect stings or bites. This book is an especially useful compendium of the typical and atypical responses to these insects and other arthropods, and the entomology is a great help for those who are distant from college zoology courses. … This text has come of age at a time when it is needed most. It will especially be valued by health care providers who find themselves in unknown territory, both geographically and medically."
- From the Foreword
Richard D. deShazo, M.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center