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Part 1 District Laboratory Practice in Tropical Countries

Parasitology, QC, management, safety, equipment, training, clinical chemistry

Monica Cheesbrough

2009, 2nd ed Update. Pages: 454. Colour plates: 92 and black and white plates.
Co-published by Tropical Health Technology and Cambridge University Press.

Practical bench manual with a modern approach to the provision of quality medical laboratory services in developing countries. Directed to those working in district laboratories, those responsible for organizing district laboratory services and those involved in training laboratory personnel and teaching parasitological laboratory techniques in schools of tropical medicine. High quality colour plates are used to illustrate the parasitology text. Includes information on HIV interaction with parasitic pathogens, and rapid diagnostic tests to diagnose malaria and other parasitic diseases.

CONTENTS Importance and integration of the laboratory in district health care - Training district laboratory personnel - Total quality management and how to prepare SOPs - Health and safety in district laboratories - Equipping district laboratories and equipment maintenance - Parasitology techniques (colour illustrated): QA, examination of faeces for protozoan trophozoites, cysts, oocysts, helminth eggs and larvae, examination of urine for S.haematobium eggs, examination of blood for malaria parasites, blood and csf for trypanosomes, blood for microfilariae, examination of specimens for Leishmania parasites, examination of skin for O.volvulus microfilariae, examination of sputum for Paragonimus eggs, investigation of amoebic liver abscess, primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, toxoplasmosis, hydatid disease, trichinosis and dracunculiasis - Clinical chemistry tests: QA, measurement of serum/plasma creatinine, urea, bilirubin, ALA, amylase, blood or plasma glucose, serum albumin, measurement of potassium and sodium, urine tests, csf tests, faecal chemical tests - Appendices: preparation of reagents, useful addresses with e-mails and websites, useful charts and figures - Supplement: Planning a training curriculum for district laboratory personnel. Index

Part 2 District Laboratory Practice in Tropical Countries

Microbiology, haematology, blood transfusion

Monica Cheesbrough

2010, 2nd ed Update. Pages: 434. Colour plates: 116. Black and white plates.
Co-published by Tropical Health Technology and Cambridge University Press.

Includes microbiological, haematological, and blood transfusion techniques as required in district health care, taking note of available resources. Emphasised are the use of standard operating procedures, quality assurance and good laboratory practice. Also includes rapid tests to diagnose HIV infection, brucellosis, cholera, dengue, leptospirosis, syphilis and hepatitis, and laboratory monitoring of ART.

CONTENTS Microbiological tests: QC in district laboratories, features of microorganisms of medical importance, microscopical techniques, culturing pathogens, biochemical tests, bacterial examination of different specimens, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, testing water supplies, summary of the clinical and laboratory features of important bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens - Haematological tests: QC, functions of blood, blood disorders, collection of blood, measurement of haemoglobin, PCV and red cell indices, counting white cells and platelets, staining and examining blood films, ESR, reticulocyte count, G6PD deficiency screening test, investigation of sickle cell disease, investigation of bleeding disorders - Blood transfusion tests: QC, blood donation, screening for transfusion transmitted infections, storage of blood, blood grouping, compatibility testing - Appendices: preparation of reagents and culture media, useful addresses with e-mails and websites of suppliers. Index

Tropical Medicine Microscopy

Tropical Medicine Microscopy is the new colour replacement for Microscopy of Tropical Diseases and the Learning Bench Aid Series.

The new booklet has a more up-to-date format, increased number of colour plates, weighs less and is less expensive. Tropical Medicine Microscopy has been produced to help those working at the laboratory bench in tropical countries where microscopy is particularly important, and also to assist those studying tropical medicine.

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