Crash Course: Infectious Diseases

Edited by

  • Christopher Conlon, MD, FRCP, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, Nuffield Department of Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

Series Editor:

  • Daniel Horton-Szar, BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MRCGP, Northgate Medical Practice, Canterbury, Kent, UK


  • Emma Nickerson, MRCP, Senior House Officer on medical rotation at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, UK

Covering all aspects of the syllabus, Crash Course offers students a fast way to recap on what they need to know to get through the exams with ease. Styled in an easy-to-follow, readily accessible format, each book is prepared by senior medical students or junior doctors - under faculty supervision - to give them the correct level of information perfectly tailored to current curricula requirements. The series now includes improved pedagogic features and a fully revised self-assessment section, updated to meet current examination needs.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2007
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-7234-3387-3

Table of Contents

Part I: The Patient Presents With . . .

1. Fevers and rashes
History/Examination /Investigations
2. Meningitis
History/Examination /Investigations
3. Upper respiratory tract symptoms
History/Examination /Investigations
4. Lower respiratory tract symptoms
History/Examination /Investigations/Severity scoring
5. Diarrhoea
History/Examination /Investigations
6. Jaundice and right upper quadrant pain
Jaundice/Right upper quadrant pain
7. Urinary symptoms
History/Examination /Investigations
8. Genital symptoms
History/Examination /Investigations
9. Cellulitis
History/Examination /Investigations
10. Complications from intravenous drug use
History/Examination /Investigations
11. Unwell from abroad
History/Examination /Investigations
12. Fever when immunocompromised
Respiratory infections/Oral infections/Abdominal infections/Central nervous system infections/Eye infections /Skin infections
13. Pyrexia of unknown origin
History/Examination /Investigations

Part II: Diseases and Disorders

14. Childhood exanthemas and other rashes
Chickenpox (varicella zoster virus)/Shingles or herpes zoster (varicella zoster virus)/Measles (paramyxovirus)/Rubella (Rubella virus)/Scarlet fever (Streptococcus pyogenes)/Erythema infectiosum (parvovirus B19)/Mumps (paramyxovirus)/Other rashes/Rheumatic fever/Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi)/Erythema multiforme
15. Meningitis and encephalitis
16. Upper respiratory tract infections
Viral infections/Bacterial infections
17. Lower respiratory tract infections
Community-acquired typical pneumonia/Community-acquired atypical pneumonias/Viral infections/Hospital-acquired infections/Infections in immunocompromised patients
18. Gastroenteritis
Bacterial causes/Viral causes/Protozoal causes
19. Liver and biliary tract infections
Hepatitis/Other liver infections/Biliary tract infections/Fever and abnormal liver function tests
20. Urinary tract infections
Lower urinary tract infections/Pyelonephritis
21. Sexually transmitted infections
Bacterial causes/Fungal causes/Viral causes/Protozoal causes
22. Skin, joint and bone infections
23. Endocarditis and pericarditis
24. Malaria and tropical infections
Other protozoan infections/Bacterial infections/Viral infections/Viral haemorrhagic fevers/Trematode infections/Nematode infections/Cestode infections
25. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and opportunistic infections
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/Opportunistic infections
26. Tuberculosis
Pathogenesis/History/Risk factors/General examination/Investigations/Treatment/Public health/Prophylaxis

Part III: History, Examination and Common Investigations

27. History
Introduction/Scene-setting information/Presenting complaint (PC)/History of presenting complaint (HPC)/Past medical history (PMH)/Drug history (DH)/Allergies/Family history (FH)/Social history (SH)/Systems review/Differential diagnosis
28. Examination
General inspection/Bedside accessories/Hands/Head and neck/Cardiovascular/Respiratory/Abdominal/Limbs/Skin/Differential diagnosis
29. Common investigations
Routine blood tests/Other routine investigations/Specialized blood tests/Other fluids/Biopsied tissue/Imaging/Endoscopy/Test kits
30. Writing up a Medical Clerking
Purpose/Structure/Illustration/Formulating a differential diagnosis/Investigation/Continuity/Sample medical clerking

Part IV: Self-assessment
Multiple-choice Questions (MCQs)
Short-answer Questions (SAQs)
Extended-matching Questions (EMQs)