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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 136  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 891

Essentials of tuberculosis in children


The INCLEN Trust International, F-1/5, 2nd Floor, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase I , New Delhi 110 020, India

Date of Web Publication2-Jan-2013

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N K Arora
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Arora N K. Essentials of tuberculosis in children. Indian J Med Res 2012;136:891

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Arora N K. Essentials of tuberculosis in children. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Oct 28];136:891. Available from: https://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2012/136/5/891/105427

Essentials of tuberculosis in children, 4 th ed. V. Seth, S.K. Kabra, editors [Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd., New Delhi] 2011. 670 pages. Price: `995.00

ISBN 978-93-5025-252-9

Tuberculosis is known to occur in humans since time immemorial. Despite major advances in our understanding of epidemiology, clinical profile, natural history, pathogenesis and immunology, the disease and mycobacterium continue to challenge the scientific community. The book, exclusively devoted to paediatric tuberculosis is highly welcome, and relevant to a wide spectrum of readers. The book is in its 4 th edition and continues to show remarkable improvement and updation over previous editions.

It is an extensively referred and comprehensive text on childhood tuberculosis. Multi-author nature of the book gives it the depth and diverse perspective to topics addressed in different sections. Indian data are widely quoted throughout the text, which makes the book highly relevant particularly in Indian continent and other resource constraint environments in general. Several chapters on epidemiology, diagnosis and management give global as well as local views that make interesting reading.

Children particularly in low and middle income countries are key to maintaining and sustaining the pool of tuberculosis infection. The book has addressed the key clinical and public health challenge of reducing horizontal contact transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to children in several chapters. Chapters on immunology, diagnosis and management are notable and trace knowledge from historical perspective to recent advances. The chapter dealing with lacunae of tuberculosis control programme in children provides a good insight into issues related to national programme.

Highlight boxes at the end of most chapters give a quick recap of the contents; it can also help a reader about what to expect while going through the text. The chapter on organization of paediatric tuberculosis and HIV clinic is another unique component of the book and can encourage hospitals and institutions to set up such facilities to provide dedicated services with in-built mechanism of constant improvement of clinical care.

A section on "Knowledge gap" in every chapter will have been better instead of a separate chapter on research priorities; audience is likely to be very heterogeneous and hence the research questions will need to be articulated based on individual choice and perspective. In the "frequently-asked-questions" sections, some answers need updation in the light of recent advances and information provided in the book. The production quality of the book in general is good.

Overall, this is an outstanding and comprehensive book on childhood tuberculosis and will be immensely useful for a diverse group of clinicians, specialists, researchers and programme personnel.




 

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