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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph R. Lentino, M.D.,Ph.D(Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: The author uses an interesting analogy in this concise introduction to the world of infectious diseases and antibiotics, which can be characterized as a war against microbial enemies. The preface details pertinent changes made between the first and this second edition.
Purpose: The book is intended to serve as an introduction to the use of antibiotics in clinical practice, which it clearly does in a thoughtful way.
Audience: While the author states that the audience is residents, fellows, and students, it will be most useful to the uninitiated. The book does serve this audience, but students will gain the most from it.
Features: An introduction to microbes opens the book, how they escape antibacterial activity and how that resistance can be overcome. Each isolate discussed is characterized by the most appropriate antibiotics for its demise. There is a nice section on clinical issues that brings together knowledge from both the microbial world and antibiotics in a clinical context. The case discussions are tailored to student learners, helping to reinforce the teaching principles.
Assessment: This is a useful book at a reasonable price that is affordable for students. The use of figures superimposed by either infections common to the area or organisms found within that body region is very helpful for beginners.