Author: Rafael Laniado-Laborín

Tuberculosis: A Clinical Practice Guide

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ISBN: 978-981-14-8849-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-14-8851-1 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2020
DOI: 10.2174/97898114885111200101


Tuberculosis is an infection of the lungs caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and related species. It is prevalent in tropical regions and continues to occur in more than 10 million new individuals annually and despite many advances in medicine, still results in 1.3 million deaths annually.

This clinical practice handbook presents information on all topics related to the disease, including its epidemiology, microbiology, clinical features, diagnostic procedures, treatments, BCG vaccination and infection control in health facilities. Special topics such as the treatment of tuberculosis is pediatric patients, surgery, multi-drug resistance and adverse reactions to tuberculosis drugs are also covered. Information is presented in 16 simple easy-to read chapters with key figures, tables and references that help to explain relevant topics.

Tuberculosis: A Clinical Practice Guide is an ideal reference manual for medical students and healthcare personnel seeking information about tuberculosis.


“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care
is the most shocking and inhumane”
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Tuberculosis has accompanied human beings since time immemorial, and without a doubt, it is the disease of infectious origin that has caused the highest number of deaths in the history of humankind.

However, despite the extraordinary technological advances achieved in the last decade, tuberculosis continues to cause more than 10 million cases and 1.3 million deaths annually.

The reasons that explain this pandemic are multiple, mainly poverty and poor medical care (95% of cases and deaths occur in low-income countries); other contributing factors include infection by the human immunodeficiency virus, substance abuse and the emergence of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

An additional contributing factor is the little attention that has been paid to the disease in the training of health personnel, where maybe a couple of hours are dedicated to the subject in the curriculum of universities. This lack of attention results in insufficient knowledge of tuberculosis, with the consequent delay in diagnosis and the prescription of inadequate treatment.

This book aims to be a reference manual for the student and health personnel who are not an expert in tuberculosis, since it contains information on all topics related to the disease, including epidemiological, microbiological, clinical, diagnostic and treatment aspects, BCG vaccination and the control of tuberculosis infection in health facilities.

I hope this work is useful for my colleagues during their everyday practice and benefits our patients that suffer from tuberculosis.


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The author declares no conflict of interest, financial or otherwise.


Declared none.

Rafael Laniado-Laborín
Tuberculosis Clinic,
Tijuana General Hospital,
Mexico School of Medicine,
Autonomous University of Baja California,


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