Timely Advice

Some books capture the moment... and Daya Publisher's latest, Swine Flu: Diagnosis and Treatment by Sameer Prakash does just that.

A relatively new disease, this book is all about H1N1 and what it can and cannot do to humans- swine influenza virus (SIV) is an strain of the influenza family of viruses that is usually hosted by pigs. As of 2009, the known SIV strains are the influenza C virus and the subtypes of the influenza A virus, known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

While the deathless prose that announces the book asserts that "this work is a meticulous effort, in a comprehensive, exhaustive and authentic manner. It’s an asset for all scholars, researchers and medico professionals," what may be its strongest point is that it brings together in one place the important features of the disease and its treatment. Which, of course, is better than the breathless excitement of 24 x 7 television news channels, even if that is not saying very much.

The book provides some background to flu epidemics, from the 1918 disaster to the Hong Kong Flu in 1968, the 1976 panic in the US (where I too took a flu shot) and so on...It gives the details of what Influenza, the disease, is all about. The types of flu, which animals can get it, give it, and so on.. And how it can be treated, and when to panic and when to not. The book should be very useful, especially to our schools and colleges, and should be compulsory reading for our health professionals.

In our Public Health section, in hardcover, x+338pages, Rs 950. ISBN: 9788176222051