• Radiotherapy

      CT Anatomy for Radiotherapy

      by Pete Bridge

      Knowledge of CT anatomy is increasingly vital in daily radiotherapy practice, especially with more widespread use of cross-sectional image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) techniques. Existing CT anatomy texts are predominantly written for the diagnostic practitioner and do not always address the radiotherapy issues while emphasising structures that are not common to radiotherapy practice. CT Anatomy for Radiotherapy is a new radiotherapy-specific text that is intended to prepare the reader for CT interpretation for both IGRT and treatment planning. It is suitable for undergraduate students, qualified therapy radiographers, dosimetrists and may be of interest to oncologists and registrars engaged in treatment planning. All essential structures relevant to radiotherapy are described and depicted on 3D images generated from radiotherapy planning systems. System-based labelled CT images taken in relevant imaging planes and patient positions build up understanding of relational anatomy and CT interpretation. Images are accompanied by comprehensive commentary to aid with interpretation. This simplified approach is used to empower the reader to rapidly gain image interpretation skills. The book pays special attention to lymph node identification as well as featuring a unique section on Head and Neck Deep Spaces to help understanding of common pathways of tumour spread. Fully labelled CT images using radiotherapy-specific views and positioning are complemented where relevant by MR and fusion images. A brief introduction to image interpretation using IGRT devices is also covered. The focus of the book is on radiotherapy and some images of common tumour pathologies are utilised to illustrate some relevant abnormal anatomy. Short self-test questions help to keep the reader engaged throughout.

    • Diseases & disorders
      January 2012

      Fast Facts: Eating Disorders

      by Hans Steiner, Martine F Flament

      The earlier a person with an eating disorder is treated, the greater the likelihood of physical and psychological recovery. Fast Facts: Eating Disorders guides the reader through the latest evidence in detection, diagnosis and efficacy of treatments for anorexia, bulimia and related disorders. In this highly readable handbook, the two renowned authors demonstrate how a carefully coordinated and multidisciplinary - intervention can be successful. They address the important role of primary care physicians and other frontline healthcare workers in detecting eating disorders, working with the treatment team and monitoring the patient, and the positive impact these services can have on the rate and level of recovery.

    • Orthopaedics & fractures
      March 2012

      Fast Facts: Low Back Pain

      by David Borenstein, Andei Calin

      Low back pain is one of the most common presenting complaints, can be extremely debilitating and carries enormous economic costs. In 70% of cases, however, no obvious cause is apparent. This makes a thorough history and skilled physical examination essential toidentifying the cause of symptoms and developing an effective therapeutic plan.This fully revised second edition of Fast Facts: Low Back Pain is the work of two leading experts. It equips the general healthcare professional with the knowledge and skill required to accurately assess each individual patient and offer the appropriate therapeutic choices for maximum pain relief.- Detailed exploration of the clinical assessment, including history taking, the ‘red flags’ to watch out for, physical observations and gait assessment, psychological considerations, palpation, and neurological and muscle testing.- Expert guidance on the appropriate therapeutic approach for optimal pain relief, covering conservative management, injections and surgical options.- Therapeutic exercises for pain relief and progressive restoration of function.- Maintenance exercises for posture correction, overall stretching and conditioning, andthe avoidance of back strain. Contents: Clinical assessment Investigations Causes of low back pain Conservative management Injections and surgery Future prospects Back maintenance exercises Useful resources

    • Neurology & clinical neurophysiology
      March 2012

      Fast Facts: Epilepsy

      by Martin J Brodie, Steven C Schachter, Patrick Kwan

      Fast Facts: Epilepsy is a succinct and practical aid to the diagnosis and treatment of seizure disorders. Contents include: the diagnostic essentials - classification of seizures, conditions that can mimic epileptic seizures, clinical evaluation of the patient and the latest brain-imaging techniques, the principles of drug selection and therapy withdrawal, an up-to-date overview of all 15 antiepileptic drugs on the market, the non-pharmacological options for patients with medically refractory epilepsy, including deep brain stimulation, special considerations for women, elderly people, teenagers and people with learning disabilities, psychiatric morbidities - depression, anxiety and psychosis, the effects of epilepsy on employment, driving, life insurance and lifestyle. The management of patients with epilepsy is a team effort involving medical and social service professionals and the patient's family, friends and co-workers. Primary care providers are at the forefront of care, usually performing the initial evaluation after the first seizure, making dose adjustments to the patient's drug treatment and providing ongoing support. Now in its fifth edition, this ever-popular handbook is a neatly packaged, up-to-date resource for the busy clinician and team, to help investigate, diagnose and successfully treat children and adults with a wide range of seizure disorders.

    • Examination of patients
      September 2010

      Essential Examination

      Step-by-step system-based guide to clinical examination with practical tips and key facts for OSCEs

      by Alasdair K.B. Ruthven

      From reviews: "...[Essential Examination] can be considered as a very helpful “aide-memoire” as practitioners build up their confidence and clinical experience. Although developed with medics in mind, it could be very useful for advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants; in fact, any health care professional would find it useful as a revision aid particularly when learning with peers. The book is clearly and succinctly written. It is not designed to teach students how to carry out examinations, but in a systematic way it links clinical examination (what you do) to pathophysiology and diagnosis (what you may find and what it means). It is produced in a landscape format in a ring binder which makes it easy to access when on a busy attachment or shift. It very helpfully lists the abbreviations at the beginning..." International Journal of Clinical Skills, www. ijocs. org Amazon review: This is a fantastic book and a must for all medical students. The unique strength of this book is the layout - all important examinations each on a single page. The small pointers are also invaluable and the questions on the reverse side of each examination are perfect for pre-finals revision. This book played a big role in helping me pass my medical school finals. A MUST HAVE!! Sam, final-year medical student Uniquely, Essential Examination lays out the full sequence for examination of one body system on one double-page spread – a format allowing rapid access to information and ideal for use in clinical environments for quick revision. And the spiral binding allows you to keep it open at the body system you need. Each system-based examination offers a clear, step-by-step guide to examining that particular patient, including useful things to say to the patient (or an examiner), detailed descriptions of special tests, etc. Alongside this guide is the other key information you will need: potential findings, differential diagnoses of clinical signs and practical tips. In addition, the following double-page spread provides further facts relating to that particular examination, selected because of the regularity with which they are asked about in bedside teaching and OSCEs. The book also provides essential background information for anyone preparing for the USMLE Step 2 CS. In many sections there are also tips on how to present your findings succinctly to help you keep on track. If you are examining patients on the wards, or preparing for exams, then you need Essential Examination!

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      January 2014

      Fast Facts: Acute Coronary Syndromes

      by Paul A Gurbel, Udaya S Tantry, Kurt Huber

      Fast Facts: Acute Coronary Syndromes is an international evidence-based primer that focuses on optimizing patient outcomes via accurate initial diagnosis, appropriate risk stratification and proper therapeutic decision-making in line with both American and European management guidelines.

    • Gynaecology & obstetrics
      June 2014

      Fast Facts: Breast Cancer

      by Jayant S Vaidya, David Joseph

      Wherever you are in your career, and whatever involvement you have with caring for women with breast cancer, the fifth edition of Fast Facts: Breast Cancer has something for you. The world-class authors of this popular fact-packed handbook provide practical advice on all the key areas of breast cancer management, from risk factors and diagnosis to treatment of all cancer stages. But what really makes it stand out from the crowd is the authors' awareness of the information you need when you talk to a woman concerned about breast cancer. The chapter dedicated to perception of risk will refresh your knowledge and help you talk to your patients about their individual prospects, while the short chapter on clinical trials will help you discuss potential participation in trials and answer common questions. Improvements in the management of breast cancer have followed three major themes in recent years: greater optimization of individualized local treatment, longer duration of therapies, and the use of biological therapies targeted at specific receptors. This colorful up-to-date handbook addresses all these trends, alongside the disturbing issues of overdiagnosis as a result of screening and overtreatment. Given the explosion in information technology, patients and their families have access to much more information on their condition and as a result assume a more active role in their medical management. Health professionals have an important role in helping patients sort the facts from the fallacies, put the risks and benefits into perspective and balance their treatment choices. For this reason alone, Fast Facts: Breast Cancer is an invaluable evidence-based resource for everyone working in breast cancer care in primary and secondary settings, from medical and nursing students, to GPs, specialist nurses and residents. The authors encourage you to make your patients well-informed active partners in their breast cancer care by sharing this highly readable book with them.

    • Neurology & clinical neurophysiology
      January 2011

      Fast Facts: Brain Tumors

      by Lauren E Abrey, Warren P Mason

      Despite the availability of many effective treatments, there remains a therapeutic nihilism associated with brain tumors. This highly readable second edition of Fast Facts: Brain Tumors challenges this view, starting from the premise that patients with brain tumors can truly benefit from a thoughtful multidisciplinary approach. This comprehensive handbook covers all the salient features of the various brain tumors and treatment modalities in a way that will be useful to the practicing clinician. This fully updated edition of Fast Facts: Brain Tumors bridges the gap between primary care providers - whose role is pivotal in tumor detection and subsequent patient care - and first-level specialists such as general neurologists and neurosurgeons. Its key message is that selection of the best initial approach for an individual patient will result in the best overall outcome, both in terms of survival and quality of life. Fast Facts: Brain Tumors is specifically for the primary care physician whose role is pivotal in tumor detection and subsequent patient care.

    • Neurology & clinical neurophysiology
      April 2014

      Fast Facts: Multiple Sclerosis

      by Omar Malik, Ann Donnelly, Michael Barnett

      Rapid advances in multiple sclerosis (MS) research have produced diagnostic achievements and new treatments that are helping clinicians diagnose and potentially treat MS in the earliest phases of the disease. It is with this sense of optimism that the authors of Fast Facts: Multiple Sclerosis have detailed the latest developments for use in clinical practice by all members of the multidisciplinary team. Contents: • Epidemiology and genetics • Pathology • The clinical picture • Treatment of relapses and symptoms • Disease-modifying treatment • Emerging therapies • Special MS populations • Lifestyle considerations and the multidisciplinary team • Advanced multiple sclerosis Useful resources

    • Diseases & disorders
      May 2014

      Fast Facts: Obesity

      by David Haslam, Gary Wittert

      “Not to broach the subject of excess weight with a patient is a dereliction of duty as a healthcare professional,” say the authors of Fast Facts: Obesity. “Patients who smoke are rapidly identified for intervention, and the same should be true of anyone who is obese”Every consultation is an opportunity to educate and encourage patients to pursue better health. Fast Facts: Obesity is packed with practical advice on how best to support patients to improve their nutrition and levels of physical activity, and change their habits, with simple and achievable goals tailored to individual needs and concerns. Contents: • Patient assessment • Causes and science • Cardiometabolic consequences • Other consequences • Management: diet • Management: physical activity • Management: behavioral therapy • Pharmacological and surgical treatments • Children, the elderly and pregnant women • Management tools, prevention and advocacy Useful resources

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      April 2013

      Fast Facts: Cardiac Arrhythmias

      by Gerry Kaye, Steve Furniss, Robert Lemery

      Recent progress in interventional therapies has revolutionized the management of cardiac arrhythmias, resulting in a remarkable improvement in outcomes for patients. Yet the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias are still viewed as a complex and inaccessible area of modern cardiology. Fast Facts: Cardiac Arrhythmias cuts through the technical detail to provide a better understanding of how the patient with arrhythmia presents, and how the problem should be best investigated and managed. This highly readable handbook is a practical resource for all primary care physicians, cardiologists in training, cardiac nurses, technicians and medical students seeking a better understanding of the mechanisms of arrhythmias and the contemporary therapies available, with a view to improving patient care.

    • Dermatology
      August 2013

      Fast Facts: Disorders of the Hair and Scalp

      by Rod Sinclair, Vicky Jolliffe

      Hair is inextricably linked with an individual’s sense of worth, personal style and self-confidence. If this is overlooked by clinicians, patients presenting with hair disorders may feel undertreated and underappreciated. Fast Facts: Disorders of the Hair and Scalp is a practical resource that will help healthcare professionals diagnose a wide range of hair and scalp disorders (including different types of hair loss), perform further investigations and, where appropriate, provide treatment options. This fully revised second edition of Fast Facts: Disorders of the Hair and Scalp is an ideal resource for primary care practitioners, practice nurses, trainee dermatologists and medical students wanting to provide the most appropriate therapeutic, cosmetic and supportive advice to their patients, and for trichologists and consultant dermatologists wanting to keep up to date and informed on the many hair and scalp disorders.

    • Urology & urogenital medicine
      November 2013

      Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer

      by Roger S Kirby; Manish I Patel

      The time has come to abandon the prevalent attitude of nihilism about prostate cancer because, potentially, much suffering could be avoided and many lives saved." So say the world-renowned authors of Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer. This new edition provides a comprehensive overview of the improved diagnostic testing and better staging techniques that allow practitioners to distinguish the aggressive cancers from those that may not need treatment. It also provides readily accessible information on the rapidly evolving technologies and treatments that are helping to eradicate the cancer whilst minimizing the collateral damage to adjacent structures.This clearly written and succinct handbook provides an invaluable update on a fast-changing area for all those who provide support and care for men with prostate cancer, from the primary care team to the specialist. Contents: Epidemiology and pathophysiology Diet, lifestyle and chemoprevention Screening and presentation Prognostic indicators and staging Management of localized and high-risk disease Managing recurrence after initial therapy Management of metastatic disease Management of castrate-resistant disease Management of treatment complications Useful resources

    • Renal medicine & nephrology
      June 2013

      Fast Facts: Renal Disorders

      by Ajay Singh, Jeremy Lvey, Charles Pusey

      Early detection of renal problems coupled with the appropriate therapeutic strategy can radically reduce the progressive nature of, and complications associated with, chronic kidney disease, and in many instances will result in the successful treatment of acute kidney injury. As many patients will not be seen by nephrologists, it is essential that all healthcare professionals, in hospitals and in the community, have an awareness of renal disease – the presenting signs, differential diagnoses, treatment strategies and approach to the management of complications. Fast Facts: Renal Disorders is an easy-to-read, evidence-based guide to renal diseases and disorders for all doctors, nurses and medical students. It includes:- A clear explanation of proteinuria, hematuria, electrolyte imbalances and acid–base disorders- A concise summary of kidney function tests, imaging techniques and biopsy- Important questions for prompt diagnosis of acute kidney injury- Management options for chronic kidney disease and its complications- Practical guidance on the most common renal problems, including glomerulonephritis, systemic disease, UTIs and kidney stonesWritten by three specialists of international repute, Fast Facts: Renal Disorders provides the key information required for the optimal care of renal patients. This fully updated second edition will help healthcare professionals assess, identify, treat and refer patients with renal problems appropriately. Directly applicable to the clinical setting, it is essential reading for all primary care providers, junior hospital doctors, specialist trainees, renal nurses and medical students. Contents: Proteinuria, hematuria and renal investigations Electrolyte disturbances and acid-base disorders Acute renal failure Chronic kidney disease Hypertension and diabetic nephropathy Glomerulonephritis Systemic disease Inherited kidney diseases Urinary tract infections Kidney stones Urinary tract obstruction tumors Renal replacement therapy and renal transplantation Useful resources

    • Dermatology
      September 2013

      Fast Facts: Skin Cancer

      by Karen L Agnew, Christopher B Bunker, Sarah T Arron

      Skin cancer is both preventable and treatable, yet it is becoming alarmingly common. The key to successful treatment (other than education and prevention) is early recognition and swift referral. Fast Facts: Skin Cancer has been written by three international experts to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to save lives. Contents: • Epidemiology • Pathogenesis • Clinical features and diagnosis • Management • Prognosis • Prevention • Future trends

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      August 2012

      Fast Facts: Heart Failure

      by Dariusz Korczyk, Thomas H Marwick, Gerry Kaye

      Heart failure is a serious public health problem that has an enormous effect on individuals and families, as well as healthcare budgets around the world. Written with the non-specialist in mind, Fast Facts: Heart Failure provides:- a concise discussion of the pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to heart failure- a detailed review of the causes and comorbidities of heart failure- simple advice on diagnosis and investigation- clear management principles, including healthy lifestyle choices for patients- evidence-based guidance on first- and second-line drug therapies and medical management that targets the underlying cause- a comprehensive overview of non-pharmacological treatment options, including devices and transplantation- important information on palliative care in end-stage heart failure. Contents: Definitions and epidemiology Pathophysiology and clinical stages Causes; Comorbidities Diagnosis General management and lifestyle considerations Pharmacological treatment Non-pharmacological treatment Prognosis Clinical trials and developments Useful resources

    • Musculoskeletal medicine
      April 2012

      Fast Facts: Osteoarthritis

      by Philip Conaghan, Amanda E Nelson

      Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder and represents a massive problem in our aging and overweight society. For most people, it is a syndrome of joint pain and stiffness, with associated functional problems that have a substantial impact on quality of life.The two internationally renowned authors of Fast Facts: Osteoarthritis believe that “something can be done to help every person with osteoarthritis”. This comprehensive handbook includes:- a clear and concise description of the normal joint;- a detailed overview of the pathology of osteoarthritis;- expert guidance on well-established diagnostic criteria and investigations;- up-to-date, practical information on drug therapy, non-pharmacological treatments and surgical options;- joint-specific treatments for the hand, hip and knee, including intra-articular corticosteroid injections.For all healthcare professionals who have ever felt unable to provide effective therapy for this disease, or who have encountered negative patient and community attitudes to joint pain, Fast Facts: Osteoarthritis is essential reading. Contents: The normal joint The OA joint Epidemiology Etiology; Diagnosis Principles of management Non-pharmacological management Pharmacological management Joint-specific management Developments Useful resources

    • Respiratory medicine
      March 2013

      Fast Facts: Asthma

      by Stephen T Holgate, Jo A Douglass

      Fast Facts: Asthma delivers a clear practical message – improved asthma control can be achieved through efficient commonsense delivery of asthma care, alongside strategies that improve patient self-management and medication use. This fully updated fourth edition examines the essentials of good asthma care.

    • Diseases & disorders
      January 2011

      Fast Facts: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

      by Roger Kirby, Peter Gilling

      Most men with BPH can be diagnosed and managed in the primary care setting. In choosing appropriate treatment, clinicians must take into account not only the nature and severity of symptoms but also the preferences of the patient and his immediate family, cost–benefit considerations and long-term effectiveness of therapy.Written by two leading urologists, Fast Facts: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia provides a refreshingly readable, practical overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of BPH including:- Use of DRE and PSA results to discriminate between prostate cancer and BPH- An evidence-based review of the latest medical therapies- A concise overview of the surgical and minimally invasive treatment options- When to refer to a urologistThere is important work to do to raise awareness of men’s health issues in general and the problem of BPH in particular. Lower urinary tract symptoms are among the commonest reasons for a man to consult his doctor, and this ever-popular book – the first 7th edition in the Fast Facts series – remains a must-read for all primary care providers. Table of Contents: Pathophysiology Diagnosis Medical management Traditional surgical treatment options Minimally invasive treatment options Considerations in treatment decisions Issues in BPH

    • Medical genetics
      June 2015

      New Clinical Genetics 3rd edition

      by Andrew Read, Dian Donnai

      New Clinical Genetics continues to offer the most innovative case-based approach to modern genetics. It is used worldwide as a textbook for medical students, but also as an essential guide to the field for genetic counselors, physician assistants, and clinical and nurse geneticists. In the few years since the previous edition technical progress, especially the widespread use of whole-genome technologies, has brought many advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of genetic disease. As a result, most chapters have been substantially rewritten and updated to reflect this. The unique structure and format remains the same, but significant new material has been added to cover: the widespread use of next-generation sequencing as a routine diagnostic tool the checking of a patient’s whole exome for the cause of their problem noninvasive prenatal diagnosis by next-generation sequencing of free fetal DNA in the maternal circulation a new integrated treatment of epigenetics mosaicism, ‘RASopathies’ and disorders of the spliceosome are described in new Disease boxes dysmorphology in more detail

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