• Bolivie, années 1950 : Hans Ertl, ancien cameraman de Leni Riefenstahl, a quitté l'Allemagne avec sa famille pour s'installer à La Paz. Là, dans cette Amérique latine sauvage et mystérieuse, le patriarche hors norme se réinvente un destin d'explorateur, obsédé jusqu'à la folie par la cité inca perdue de Païtiti dans la forêt amazonienne. Ni sa femme ni ses trois filles ne sortiront indemnes de ces aventures ; et alors que la famille se délite et que chacun tente d'émerger de ce maelström, les soubresauts d'une autre histoire, celle des mouvements de libération nationale qui secouent l'Amérique latine, viennent à leur tour bouleverser la destinée des Ertl. Le texte prend corps à travers les voix des trois filles et d'un des amants de l'aînée, Monika ; s'y mêle, sur près de vingt ans, fiction, éléments biographiques et faits historiques pour livrer une fresque concise et subtilement nostalgique sur le destin d'une de ces familles marquées au fer par les errances idéologiques du XXe siècle et sur l'histoire sanglante d'un pays, la Bolivie. Né en 1981, Rodrigo Hasbún est un romancier et journaliste bolivien d'origine palestinienne. Il a reçu plusieurs prix et a été reconnu par Bogotá Capital Mundial del Libro et la revue britannique Granta comme l'un des meilleurs jeunes écrivains latino-américains. Les Tourments est son second roman, le premier traduit en français et publié dans une dizaine de pays.

  • Meningitis and Encephalitis are associated with high rates of mortality and neurological sequelae.  The differential diagnosis includes a wide spectrum of infectious and non-infectious etiologies, some requiring urgent therapy for survival. The current management challenges in patients with meningitis and encephalitis include a low sensitivity of meningeal signs,  overutilization of unnecessary screening cranial imaging, delays in diagnosis of urgent treatable causes, a large proportion of unknown etiologies, low sensitivity of current microbiological techniques especially in the setting of previous antibiotic therapy, underutilization of available molecular diagnostic tests, and empiric antibiotic therapy and hospitalization for viral meningitis cases.  Even though there are published guidelines, compliance with them is not optimal and physicians do not follow standardized algorithms in their empirical approach. As meningitis and encephalitis is associated with high rates of adverse clinical outcomes, prevention, when feasible is of upmost importance. Adherence to protocols to prevent health-care associated meningitis and ventriculitis are effective but compliance with them is not uniformly performed.
    This book seeks to improve outcomes for meningitis and encephalitis cases handled by physicians who may or may not be thoroughly trained for these challenges. The text introduces the current guidelines but also discusses the gaps that leave clinicians struggling to implement the most appropriate approaches for these particular neurological infections. Each chapter delivers the tools necessary to identify and adhere to the most appropriate diagnostic technique, management protocols, and prevention approach for each situation. All chapters conclude with discourse on future directions in research and quality improvement. Written by experts in infectious diseases, the book covers topics that are the most devastating, including healthcare-acquired infections, autoimmune encephalitis, and infections as they present in HIV patients.
    Meningitis and Encephalitis is a well-rounded resource for all medical professionals encountering these neurological syndromes, including infectious disease specialists, neurologists, primary care physicians, and immunologists.

  • This book offers a comprehensive review of the most common infectious diseases that affect the nervous system. Written by international experts, it provides a guide to clinicians for accurately diagnosing and treating these challenging syndromes. 

    Organized into six sections, the book presents didactic, up-to-date information on the following topics relating to central nervous system (CNS) infections: diagnosis and evaluation of the patient, bacterial, viral, fungal and mycobacterial infections, disorders of the spinal cord, and a myriad of miscellaneous infections.  Chapters specifically reflect and look to resolve the common obstacles clinicians face in the field, such as having unknown etiologies on the majority of CNS infections, insensitive and slow microbiological techniques, an increasing number of immunosuppressed individuals with atypical presentations and pathogens, and a lack of standardized diagnostic algorithms. 

    A complex yet accessible addition to the Current Clinical Neurology Series, Neurological Complications of Infectious Diseases invaluably examines a wide range of infections that have neurological complications and sequelae.

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