C. Diff In 30 Minutes: A guide to Clostridium difficile for patients and families

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NEW: Updated in 2017 with the latest information about hospital treatments! Have you been diagnosed with C. diff, or do you have a family member suffering from symptoms of a C. diff infection? Do you want to know what causes C. diff, how to limit its spread, and modern treatment options? 

Unlike books about C. diff that are written by non-experts who have no experience treating patients, C. Diff In 30 Minutes: A Guide To Clostridium Difficile For Patients And Families, is written by author, doctor, and Harvard Medical School Professor J. Thomas Lamont, M.D. Dr. Lamont uses plain-English explanations and case studies to describe this unpleasant bacterial infection and how it can be successfully treated. One of the world's top experts on C. diff, Dr. Lamont has conducted ground-breaking research on the bacterium and has helped thousands of patients struggling with C. diff.

Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in the United States. In a recent study at a major Boston teaching hospital, nearly 1/3 of inpatients who were given antibiotics were infected with C. diff. More than half of these patients suffered from diarrhea and other symptoms. C. Diff In 30 Minutes covers:

* The origins of C. diff

* Cdiff symptoms

* Four C. diff cases, from infection to cure

* Antibiotics that can lead to C. diff infections 

* Treatment options, including antibiotics and cutting-edge procedures such as stool transfers (also known as fecal transplants)

* How to limit the spread of C. diff

* Recurring C. diff: What causes it, and special treatments

* A glossary of medical terms

* Online resources

The book also references C. diff’s association with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis, cancer, diabetes, kidney failure, strokes, and failure of the immune system resulting from lymphoma, leukemia, and chemotherapy.

C. Diff In 30 Minutes is not a DIY guide -- a doctor is needed to diagnose and treat C. diff. However, this guide can help you understand what your doctor is recommending and why. If you or a loved one has C. diff, C. Diff In 30 Minutes can be an invaluable and expert resource to understand and deal with the infection.

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About the author

J. Thomas Lamont, M.D. received his medical degree in 1965 from the University of Rochester, and was intern, resident and chief resident in medicine at UCLA. Following a GI Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1974. He currently serves as Interim Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Lamont's clinical interests are in the area of intestinal infections, particularly the management of C. diff infections. He and his colleagues have made a number of important discoveries about C. diff infections, including how to diagnose C. diff in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, and how the immune system protects against this infection. His group has published important papers on the C. diff carrier state, vaccine development and fecal transplant for recurrent C. diff In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Lamont serves as a mentor for young scientists and faculty members, and as a resource for manuscript, grant preparation, and career planning. He has served as Associate Editor for GI and Liver Diseases at the New England Journal of Medicine, and is Editor-in-Chief for Gastroenterology for UpToDate in Medicine.

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Publisher
i30 Media Corporation
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Published on
Jun 3, 2013
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Pages
84
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ISBN
9781939924537
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Language
English
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Genres
Health & Fitness / Diseases / Gastrointestinal
Medical / Gastroenterology
Medical / Infectious Diseases
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