Liverpool researchers’ new book receives rave review

A new book, Case studies in neurological infections of adults and children, authored by Liverpool researchers has been described as ‘an excellent achievement and should be something read and digested by a wide range of medical practitioners’ in a review published by The Lancet Neurology.

The global burden of neurological infectious diseases is huge. Sometimes the diagnosis is straightforward. On other occasions it may be difficult, especially because of the overlap with inflammatory neurological conditions. Delays or missed diagnoses can have devastating consequences for patients. This book brings together adult and paediatric clinical cases in neurological infection and inflammation, including important conditions for both developed countries and resource-poor settings.

Clinical case studies are recognized as a useful learning tool for clinicians at all stages in their careers. Each real case works through the history, examination, and investigation findings to the diagnosis and treatment pathway. This is followed by discussion of the key issues, with the inclusion of historical or quirky facts. Many cases are supported online by a certified post-case quiz, testing the reader’s clinical reasoning, integrative thinking, and problem-solving.

Of the publication The Lancet Neurology book reviewers James Varley and Ava Easton, said: “This book is an excellent achievement and should be something read and digested by a wide range of medical practitioners, including trainee and junior doctors, those who deal with patients with infectious or neurological conditions, and those in the field of public health.

“Reading this book should make most doctors and health practitioners feel slightly more at ease on the seas of the clinical world.”

The book, published by Cambridge University Press, is edited by Professor Tom Solomon and Dr Benedict D. Michael from the University’s Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Infection, Veterinary, and Ecological Sciences; Alastair Miller, Tropical & Infectious Disease Unit, Royal Liverpool Hospital; and Rachel Kneen, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The original review can be found here.