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From The CriticsReviewer: Kent B. Crossley, M.D., M.H.A.(Minneapolis VA Medical Center)
Description: This book applies economic analyses to issues of resistance to antimicrobials and pesticides. It is a well edited multiauthored book based on a conference held in 2001.
Purpose: The book has the stated objective of bringing together "a variety of approaches to the economics of resistance." This is certainly an important goal which the book meets.
Audience: It is intended for "policymakers and health and agricultural professionals." The chapters vary from easily understood commentary to those which are packed with complex analyses that will exceed the comprehension of most of the intended audience. The mathematically complex chapters, however, all have understandable introductory and concluding sections. There is little literature in this area; the editor has a rather recent doctoral degree in economics and is a fellow of the Resources for the Future.
Features: Although understandable from the editor's perspective, inclusion of information about both pesticides and antibiotics in the same book is unexpected. The two areas imply very different audiences. The book discusses management of resistance, the impact of resistance and concludes with several chapters about the relationship of these issues to business.
Assessment: This is a seminal effort examining resistance from an economist's perspective. The book will likely be most useful to other economists. It assumes a level of knowledge of economics that is well beyond that of most healthcare professionals. However, it belongs as a resource wherever studies of resistance issues will be done.