C. Diff in 30 Minutes
A Guide to Clostridium Difficile for Patients and Families
J. Thomas Lamont, M.D.
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
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.
Great book. Easy to read for the non medical professional. All medical terminology is explained and several examples and scenarios are described. Glad I purchased the book.