The Tuberculosis Survival Handbook
- By: Amy McLaughlin
We have all heard the statistics about tuberculosis, as one of the world's biggest killers, its re-emergence in the light of HIV and AIDS, and the problems of multidrug resistance. However, We are, however, inclined to doubt the relevance of this disease to us in clinical practice in the United Kingdom, and few of us would realise what a patient diagnosed with tuberculosis can expect.
This book is written by Paul Mayho, a HIV positive healthcare worker who contracted multidrug resistant tuberculosis in 1995. It contains much useful factual information about the disease, although its real interest lies in the diary accounts of Paul Mayho's own experiences as a patient. He explains his feelings as he comes to terms with his diagnosis and describes his treatment, both in the community and in isolation in hospital. He also describes the psychological effects of isolation. He outlines his problems, the uncertainty, and