Pneumonia is a major lung infection that is caused by a virus, bacterium, or fungus. It can be mild, serious, or even fatal in its impact. An estimated 4 million people develop pneumonia in the United States annually, and despite ready access to antibiotics for most Americans, 1.2 million patients are hospitalized for pneumonia each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 52,000 people in the United States die each year of pneumonia. Pneumonia explains the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this serious disease.
- An Overview
- Historical Overview
- Biology of Pneumonia
- Pneumonia Epidemiology
- Pneumonia Complications
- Treatment and Prevention
- Summary and Future Outlook.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Further reading. References. Endnotes. Glossary. Web sites. Index.
About the Author(s)
Christine Adamec is a medical writer with more than 24 books and numerous medical articles to her credit. She has ghostwritten six medical self-help books for physicians on topics such as arthritis, back pain, and migraines. Her books for Facts On File include The Encyclopedia of Addictions and Addictive Behaviors; The Encyclopedia of Adoption, Third Edition; The Encyclopedia of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse; The Encyclopedia of Child Abuse, Third Edition; and The Encyclopedia of Drug Abuse. Adamec is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She lives in Florida.
Foreword by David Heymann, World Health Organization