About this book
In this book, the reader is guided through a modern diagnostic work-up and classification of leprosy, with discussion of the results of physical examination (interpretation of the primary skin lesion and clinical features of peripheral neuropathies), laboratory data, and histopathologic and imaging investigations. This combined approach allows planning of an integrated therapeutic strategy with the aim of killing the Mycobacterium leprae and preventing the acute phases of the disease.
The book is designed for practical use and has been divided into eight easily accessible sections covering all relevant topics related to leprosy. These sections are written by renowned leprosy experts from different specialties, including dermatologists, neurologists, radiologists, neurosurgeons, and microbiologists. There is specific focus on the two organs most often involved by leprosy – the skin and nerves. Up-to-date leprosy statistics have been also reported at the end of the book.