The 2002 Abbreviated Guide to Medical Management of HIV Infection
, by John G. Bartlett, M.D. of the Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine, is a quick reference for
medical professionals -- "intended for bedside clinical
management decisions. The parent text, Medical Management of
, provides the scientific foundation for
recommendations." It came out six months later and is more up
to date than the parent edition from which it was derived.
Well-informed patients may use either book to check on
details, understand background of their treatment and why
certain tests and other procedures are important, and find
recommended information sources. No guideline can consider
all individual cases, however, and experienced physicians
will often have good reasons for doing things differently; we
would certainly trust a specialist's decision over a
document. But for the increasing number of patients who are
getting inadequate care due to financial obstacles and a
dysfunctional medical system, references like these can help
in advocating for oneself.
The Abbreviated Guide is easy to get hold of. It is free on
the Web, or you can order copies for $5.
Some of the topics covered:
- Information sources -- about 20 Web sites and hotlines.
- About 60 pages of drug profiles, including not only
antiretrovirals but also many other drugs that are often used
in treating persons with HIV. Adverse effects are noted here,
and in a separate section as well.
- Chapters on hepatitis C, sexually transmitted diseases,
tuberculosis, other opportunistic infections, and other
- A section on pain management, based on the World Health
Organization model for chronic cancer pain.
- A list of abbreviations, and an index.
The book can be read online as a PDF file at the Johns
Hopkins AIDS Web site, http://www.hopkins-aids.edu
. A paper copy is available for $5 through the same site, but the online version may be easier
to read because you can change the viewing size of the type.
You can save or print a copy locally, for viewing when you
are not online.
Note: When looking up a page in the table of
contents if you are using the PDF version and reading the
computer screen, add 7 to the page number to find the page in
your PDF file viewer. That's because there are 7 introductory
pages in the file before page 1, so the page numbers as seen
by the viewer and as printed in the book differ by 7.
ISSN # 1052-4207
Copyright 2002 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.