The pace and sophistication of advances in medicine in the past two decades have necessitated a growing need for a comprehensive reference that highlights current issues in medicine. Each volume in the Current Issues in Medicine series is a stand‐alone text that provides a broad survey of various critical topics―all accomplished in a user-friendly yet interconnected format. The series not only highlights current advances but also explores related topics such as translational medicine, regulatory science, neglected diseases, global pandemics, patent law, immunotoxicology, ethics, theranostics, big data, artificial intelligence, novel imaging tools, combination drug products, and novel therapies. While bridging the gap between basic research, medicine, engineering, FDA law, intellectual property law, and regulatory science, the series provides a thorough understanding of medicine’s potential to address health problems from both the patient’s and the provider’s perspectives in a healthcare setting. The range of topics covered, and the expertise of the contributing authors accurately reflect the rapidly evolving areas within medicine―from basic medical sciences to clinical specialties. Current Issues in Medicine is essential reading for physicians, medical students, nurses, fellows, residents, undergraduate and graduate students, educators, policymakers, and biomedical researchers. The book’s multidisciplinary approach makes it a valuable reference resource for the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and governments globally. However, unlike other series on medicine or medical textbooks, this series focuses on current trends, perspectives, and issues in medicine that are central to healthcare delivery in the 21st century.Volumes 1 and 2 in this series are focused on current issues in basic medical science, subjects that are fundamental to the practice of medicine. These basic medical science subjects are traditionally taught in the first two years of medical school that precede clinical instruction and training. They provide a core of basic knowledge critical to the success in clinical medicine during rotations through surgery, internal medicine, and the other specialties of medicine. Obviously, knowledge gleaned from these subjects leads to better ways to predict, prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Specifically, volume 2 covers immunology, microbiology, biostatistics, and big data. Clinical specialties are covered in Volume 3. Volume 4 is directed towards diagnosis and imaging techniques, volume 5 focuses on drug delivery, and volume 6 highlights novel therapeutics and clinical applications.
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