Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Acute Respiratory Infection-Interactive Tutorials, Image Collection. (Books & Electronic Media)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Acute Respiratory Infection-Interactive Tutorials, Image Collection. (Books & Electronic Media)

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CD-ROM by Wellcome Trust Textual content and images by Tropical Medicine Resource. Price: institutions 120 [pounds sterling] / $195; individuals 30 [pounds sterling] / US$ 55 Further information at: www.cabipublishing.org/cdrom/TIH/price.htm

A host of authors are here with their version of "Everything you always wanted to know about acute respiratory infection (ARI) and were afraid to ask". Interactive tutorials, though not explicitly humorous, will certainly make the task of learning a little more interesting. Judging by the technicality of the language, the target audience is primarily undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. ARI continues to kill millions of children all over the developing world, and medical students in the countries most concerned are usually given an exposure to the subject, which is, to put it mildly, inadequate. This set of tutorials and images is therefore a highly valuable and welcome resource.

Like a small flying saucer, the CD takes us on a detailed guided tour of the world of ARI. Starting with a brief overview of the major sections, it moves us through ten highly interactive tutorials, each composed and reviewed by a team of experts, renowned for their contribution to the field of ARI. Each tutorial is followed by a self-administered assessment. The topics of the tutorials are: etiology, and risk factors, pathology, respiratory defenses, clinical features, diagnosis, case management, epidemiology, and prevention and control. The final tutorial provides detailed information on ARI programme management and surveillance.

The objective is to introduce students to the global significance of respiratory illnesses and then provide all the information they may need on any of its aspects. After drawing attention to a particular aspect of ARI, the authors review the options in a clear and straightforward way, and explore the relevant details. They focus on the peculiarities of childhood ARI, explaining why morbidity and mortality are higher in this age group. …

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