The Horizons in Medicine series provides physicians of all backgrounds and levels with an invaluable insight into these exciting times in the field of medicine and an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of other specialties.
Based on the 2008 Advanced Medicine Conference at the Royal College of Physicians, this volume brings together a series of articles representing state-of-the-art reviews written by acknowledged experts.
A diverse range of clinical and scientific topics in which there have been important recent advances is covered in this widely respected publication. Many of the most important causes of morbidity and morality are addressed within the articles. Some chapters show how basic science can be applied to human disease, while other chapters show that direct clinical application of the new knowledge is still a future dream rather than a current reality. Self-assessment questions provided at the end of each chapter enable the reader to consolidate their knowledge and further their continuing education.
Glimpses into the future are provided by articles on cartilage replacement, ischaemic conditioning as a possible therapy, and stem cells. The volume concludes with an article based on the Linacre Lecture by Helen McShane on a new vaccine for tuberculosis.
Reading these articles gives grounds for real excitement about the pace of medical advances and genuine optimism that the burden of human disease is being tackled as a direct result.
This publication is essential reading for consultant physicians, general practitioners, or doctors in training, in the UK and overseas.