Have you been diagnosed with C. diff, or do you have a family member suffering from symptoms of a C. diff infection? Do you want to know what causes C. diff, how to limit its spread, and modern treatment options? In C. Diff In 30 Minutes: A Guide To Clostridium Difficile For Patients And Families, author and Harvard Medical School Professor J. Thomas Lamont, M.D. uses plain-English explanations and case studies to describe this unpleasant gastrointestinal infection and how it can be successfully treated. One of the world's top experts on C. diff, Dr. Lamont has conducted ground-breaking research on the bacterium and has helped thousands of patients with C. diff. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in the United States. In a recent study at a major Boston teaching hospital, nearly 1/3 of inpatients who were given antibiotics were infected with C. diff. More than half of these patients suffered from diarrhea and other symptoms. C. Diff In 30 Minutes includes sections about: The origins of C. diff How you can get C. diff Four C. diff cases, from infection to cure Antibiotics that can lead to C. diff infections Treatment options, including antibiotics and cutting-edge procedures such as stool transplants How to limit the spread of C. diff Recurring C. diff: What causes it, and special treatments A glossary of medical terms Online resources C. Diff In 30 Minutes is not a DIY guide -- a doctor is needed to diagnose and treat C. diff. However, this guide can help you understand what your doctor is recommending and why. If you or a loved one has C. diff, C. Diff In 30 Minutes can be an invaluable resource to understand and deal with the infection.