Physician's Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance, Sixth Edition

Physician's Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance, Sixth Edition

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Features

  • Provides an essential guide for physicians, public health officials, and pest control professionals
  • Covers the basics of medical entomology as it relates to clinical medicine
  • Includes practical advice on how to identify insects and other arthropods of medical importance and the health conditions they cause
  • Presents current recommendations for management and treatment advice
  • Contains a CD-ROM with instructional videos about basic entomology, insect/pest ecology, and biology

Summary

2013 BMA Medical Book Awards Winner

As the importance of medical entomology increases, access to up-to-date, authoritative information also becomes increasingly critical. For nearly 20 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. Now in its sixth edition, this book maintains its status as the ultimate easy-to-use guide for physicians and other health care providers, public health officials, and pest control professionals who need to identify arthropods, the common signs and symptoms of vector-borne diseases, and the recommended forms of treatment.

The book 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 author concludes with personal protection methods against arthropods.

Now with color pictures throughout, the Sixth Edition’s chapters have been updated with the latest information and current references. Older photographs and line drawings have been replaced with new and improved versions, and the interactive CD-ROM has also been updated with more pictures and videos as well as helpful identification aids, additional reading materials, and web links. This work is the most up-to-date reference on arthropods available.

Jerome Goddard recently appeared on The Colbert Report.

Table of Contents

Pathological Conditions Caused by Arthropods and Principles of Their Treatment
Principles of Treatment for Arthropod Bites, Stings, and Other Exposure
Allergy to Arthropods
Stings
Bites
Dermatitis, Urticaria, and Blistering from Contact with Arthropods
Myiasis (Invasion of Human Tissues by Fly Larvae)
Delusions of Parasitosis (Imaginary Insect or Mite Infestations)
Identification of Arthropods and the Diseases They Cause
Identification of Medically Important Arthropods
Signs and Symptoms of Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Arthropods of Medical Importance
Ants
Bees
Beetles
Bugs (The True Bugs)
Caterpillars (Urticating)
Centipedes
Cockroaches
Earwigs
Fleas
Flies (Biting)
Flies (Nonbiting)
Flies (That Might Cause Myiasis)
Lice
Millipedes
Mites
Mosquitoes
Moths (Species Whose Scales or Hairs Cause Irritation)
Pentastomes (Tongue Worms)
Scorpions
Spiders
Ticks
Wasps (Yellowjackets, Hornets, and Paper Wasps)
Personal Protection Measures against Arthropods
Pros and Cons of Insect Repellents
Arthropod-Specific Personal Protection Techniques
Glossary
Index


Author Bio(s)

Jerome Goddard is currently an associate extension professor of medical and veterinary entomology in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of Medicine, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson. His main research interests are the ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases, the health and medical impacts of bed bugs, and mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

Editorial Reviews

"The sixth edition continues the previous tradition, in that the information provided is practical and presented in a format optimal for use on an as-needed basis. The addition of color photographs throughout the text (and not just an insert) is a major plus. Additional clinical case histories enliven the text. General guidelines to treatment of conditions resulting from exposure to arthropods and appropriate references to detailed material are also provided. Another aspect, the ‘Bug Coach’ CD-ROM, provides over 100 line drawings, figures, and photos in three sections: (1) arthropods, (2) arthropod-induced diseases and conditions, and (3) an identification guide. The CD also now includes a few brief instructional videos. … 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."
—Richard D. deShazo, M.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center

 
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