Despite centuries of scientific study and medical research, there are still many human diseases and disorders that remain difficult to manage or are incurable. Some of these maladies are extremely rare, yet, together, they affect a substantial number of people. The 101 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders examines seldom-seen illnesses, providing high school and college students with an excellent resource for research as well as supplying fascinating reading for general readers interested in diseases and medical science.
This book provides clear, easy-to-understand, and scientifically grounded information on the vast number of unusual medical conditions that have been recorded, covering five kinds of diseases and disorders: genetic, infectious, environmental, mental, and "other," which constitutes diseases of autoimmune and unknown origin. Examples of the medical conditions addressed include autoimmune encephalitis, Ebola, kleptomania, Morgellons syndrome, orthorexia, pneumoconiosis, and Prader-Willi syndrome. Selected case studies enable readers to better empathize with the experiences of those who have these disorders and how these afflictions have affected their lives.
The future of healthcare may be very simple. You will sit in your living room chair and drink your tea, coffee, and beer. As you sip, the chair will absorb an encyclopedia of knowledge about your physical state of affairs. A life-management computer in your kitchen will integrate the data and then display it for you on your watch face. A daily physical work-up precisely tailored to your body will pop up on the display, showing you what you have to do over the next 24 hours to avoid all the major disease processes currently plaguing the world. This comprehensive data bank will draw on all the world's medical databases, which have been integrated to help you prevent disease. You will rise from your chair and undertake an exact modicum of exercise tailored to your requirements, performing proscribed activities that will build your stamina precisely based on your "chair data. " The health status-monitoring sweatshirt that you wear during exercise will continue its analysis throughout the day. Your diet will be calibrated from your medical database, which vii viii 21st-CENTURY MIRACLE MEDICINE will be stored in a now-common bathroom appliance, the special preventive care server. In fact, clothed in your own domestic decor, the home will become the most sophisticated medical center in the world. All you have to do is keep going, as medicine becomes an invisible service, and your life will be effortlessly extended ten to twenty years.
This applications-orientated book discusses the major updated methods in the analysis of survival data. It covers both parametric and nonparametric methods, with emphasis on the latter's more recent developments applied to health research.
Issues associated with biohazardous waste have come into sharpfocus in recent years due to public concern over AIDS and themedical waste wash-ups along U.S. beaches and coastal communitiesin 1988. This comprehensive volume covers all important areas ofbiohazardous waste management, from regulation to collection todisposal.Promoting safe, sensible, and ecologically sound solutionsthroughout, this book
* Discusses risk assessment in terms of human health, persistenceof pathogens in the environment, and how these relate to methods ofwaste disposal
* Deals with questions of policy and environmental regulations thatinclude workplace health and safety and public health issues
* Reviews the medical industry's standards and guidelines fordealing with its waste stream and how they fit in with the EPA'sprogram of medical waste tracking
* Details specific waste management strategies for both majorfacilities and home healthcare
* Examines the available technologies for dealing with biohazardouswaste, particularly incineration and steam sterilization
* Reviews the many alternative treatment technologies, includingspecifics of newly developed systems and procedures for evaluatingtheir effectiveness and safety
* Lists resources and contacts to help keep up with newtechnologies and management techniques, and includes appendiceswith federal and state OSHA contacts and state medical wastecontacts
* Provides many illustrations to highlight the text For professionals in public health, medicine, and waste management;regulatory officials at all levels of government; and environmentalscientists and engineers, this volume brings the field ofbiohazardous waste up-to-date while serving as an excellent guideand reference to some of the more compelling issues of our time.
Scion of the Pittsburgh oil and banking family, William Larimer Mellon, Jr., was married, the father of three, and a successful rancher in Arizona when, at thirty-seven, he read a Life magazine article about Albert Schweitzer's "reverence for life" that guided his mission hospital in a remote area of Gabon, Africa.
Mellon immediately wrote to the famous humanitarian in Lambarene, expressing admiration of Schweitzer's life of service and the wish to engage in similar work with his wife, Gwendolyn.
Schweitzer's reply in March 1948 was alengthy letter of realistic encouragement. He wrote, '1 was very much moved upon reading your letter and felt a certain responsibility towards you . . . Do not delude yourself about how difficult it will be. . . .Be sure from the beginning that you have a sound foundation in practical things: physical examinations and the laboratory procedures for blood and urine. . . .One thing that will astound you coming from me: avoid specialized study intropical disease ... What matters most is to have knowledge that is both basic and practical, solid and far-reaching."
In time, Mellon received his medical degree from Tulane University and later established a well-equipped hospital in one of the poorest regions of Haiti, where, with his wife, hespent the rest of his life working as a physicianand a community development engineer.The hospital continues to thrive.
Brothers in Spirit brings together sixty-five of the letters written between 1947 and Schweitzer's death in 1965. Presented here inboth English and the original French, they eloquentlytell the story of a comfortable lifeabandoned for the goal of serving humanity.
Clinical and translational medicine refers to the therapeutic clinical potential and application of translational research that seeks to develop the understanding of mechanisms and treatments of human diseases. The clinical variation between diseases, biomarkers, pathogenesis and therapies are also highlighted through studies of clinical and translational medicine. This is a critical and core component of the full-spectrum of biomedical research. Translational medicine refers to an area of research that seeks to determine the relevance of novel discoveries in the biological science to human disease. It also integrates new knowledge in clinical practice and clinical observations into scientific knowledge. Hence, translational research, facilitates the generation of novel hypotheses and disease characterization based on direct human observation. Translational medicine can work to expedite the incorporation of novel endpoints into clinical testing, thus shortening the duration of clinical trials. This book brings forth some of the most innovative concepts and elucidates the unexplored aspects of clinical and translational medicine. The ever growing need of advanced technology is the reason that has fueled the research in this field in recent times. A number of latest researches have been included to keep the readers up-to-date with the global concepts in this area of study.
Guidelines are powerful instruments of assistance to clinicians, capable of extending the clinical roles of nurses and pharmacists. Purchasers and managers perceive them as technological tools guaranteeing treatment quality. Guidelines also offer mechanisms by which doctors and other health care professionals can be made more accountable to their patients. - But how can clinicians tell whether a guideline has authority, and whether or not it should be followed? - Does the law protect doctors who comply with guidelines? - Are guideline developers liable for faulty advice? This timely book provides a comprehensive and accessible analysis of the many medical and legal issues arising from the current explosion of clinical guidelines. Featuring clear summaries of relevant UK, US and Commonwealth case law, it is vital reading for all doctors, health care workers, managers, purchasers, patients, and lawyers.
Stress is a feature of all of our lives. The business of working in the health professions means that we are constantly being exposed to stress. That stress can sometimes be enriching and motivating. It has often been pointed out that stress can be positive or nega- tive. When stress is positive, it rarely needs any further attention. When it is negative, it is a problem. The first aim of this book is to discuss the various sorts of stress that may be experienced by a variety of health professionals, including social workers, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occu- pational therapists and others. What they all have in common is that they work closely with other people - people who often have emotional problems or problems in living. Working with other people who are troubled in this way is indeed stressful. For too long it has been assumed that health professionals should 'get on with it' and put up with any stress that is involved in caring for others. The second aim of this book is to offer practical ways of coping with negative stress. These methods range from simple relaxation techniques, through meditation to methods that involve discussing stress with others: counselling, co-counselling and group work. All the methods described in this book have been used with a variety of health professionals, and not all of these methods will necessarily appeal to you. One of the fundamental points about stress is that it tends to affect each individual idiosyncratically.
With its engaging and conversational tone, Essential Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Approach provides a clear introduction to statistics for students in a wide range of fields, and a concise statistics refresher for scientists and professionals who need to interpret statistical results. It explains the ideas behind statistics in nonmathematical terms, offers perspectives on how to interpret published statistical results, and points out common conceptual traps to avoid. It can be used as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to a traditional statistics textbook.