This unique book provides an introduction to the fascinating field of tropical nephrology, covering nephrology, infectious diseases and tropical medicine. These topics are connected since numerous infectious and parasitic diseases affect the kidneys and are endemic in the tropical areas of the globe. Considered neglected tropical diseases by the World Health Organization, they are largely linked to poverty and lack policies to prevent, treat and decrease their prevalence and incidence. The tropics currently encompass nearly 150 countries and account for 40% of the world's population, and it is predicted that by 2050 this figure will rise to 55%. Most of the countries in the tropical regions have been classified by the World Bank as low-middle income countries and have limited access to services, including health care. As such, this highly topical book is of interest to a large number of healthcare professionals and researchers who are in contact with tropical diseases, especially those investigating their complications, such as kidney injury. Divided into 23 chapters, it describes the most prevalent tropical diseases and conditions that affect the kidneys. It also presents the most recent epidemiological data, clinical manifestations, details of kidney involvement, including the pathophysiology of kidney injury, and the current treatment for each disease. Geraldo Bezerra da Silva Junior is a physician and nephrologist. After studying at the School of Medicine of the Federal University of Ceará (UFC) he completed residencies in clinical medicine at César Cals General Hospital, Fortaleza, Brazil and in nephrology at the Walter Cantídio University Hospital of the UFC. He also holds a specialist degree from the Brazilian Society of Nephrology (SBN) / Brazilian Medical Association (AMB), and a Masters and PhD in Medical Sciences from the UFC. He also completed a postdoctorate in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Postgraduate Programs in Medical Sciences and Public Health at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), and a member of the Brazilian Society of Nephrology (SBN), Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH) and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). Further he is a Productivity Scholar of the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), PQ-2. Elizabeth De Francesco Daher is a physician and nephrologist. She holds a Masters and PhD in Medicine (Nephrology) from the University of São Paulo (USP) and is a Full Professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine and the Graduate Program in Medical Sciences of the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). She is also Dean of Extension of the Federal University of Ceará (UFC); Preceptor of the Internship and of the Medical Residency of the General Hospital of Fortaleza; and Voluntary Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, USA. Further she is a member of the Teaching and Titling Department of the Brazilian Society of Nephrology. Productivity Scholar of the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), PQ-1B. Elvino Barros is a physician and nephrologist at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil. He holds a Masters in Medicine (Nephrology) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS); Doctor of Medicine (Nephrology) from the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and is a Full Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine of the UFRGS.
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