In collaboration with Consulting Editor, Dr. Helen Boucher, Dr. Jo-Ann Young has put together a state-of the-art issue of the Infectious Disease Clinics of North America devoted to Management of Infectious Diseases in Stem Cell Transplantation and Hematologic Malignancy. Clinical review articles from expert authors are specifically devoted to the following topics, addressing both the stem cell transplant recipient and the hematologic malignancy patient: Chemotherapy Regimens for Hematologic Malignancies and Issues That Affect Infection; Stem Cell Transplantation Technical Issues That Affect Infection in The Recipient; Complications of Stem Cell Transplantation That Cause Infections; Antimicrobial Prophylaxis and Preemptive Agents and Regimens for the Prevention of Infection; Workup for Fever During Neutropenia; Herpesvirus Infections; Cytomegalovirus Infections; Respiratory Virus Infections; Other DNA Virus Infections; Bacterial Infections; Fungal Infections; Parasitic Infections; Vaccination; and Immunoglobulin Replacement. Readers will come away with the latest information they need to manage infections and improve outcomes in these patients.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. Abraham Lincoln, 1862 When I came across this quote, it made me recall my first participation at an international meeting on bone marrow transplantation, at a time when this was the only term that was used to describe the field. During a particular session there was a presentation on the use of peripheral blood as the sole source of stem cells for transplantation, and a member of the audience rose to state that it was medically unethical to consider such treatment, as it certainly could not contain stem cells. Now nearly twenty years later, peripheral blood is the predominant source of stem cells used for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. In the same period of time there have been several other dogmatic opinions, which permeate all of medicine, that have come and gone in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and will continue to do so with advancements from basic and clinical research. It is within this context that the format of this book was devised. Traditionally reviews on specific topics related to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation reflect the views of a single author or a research group.