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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cynthia R. Hennen, BSPharm (Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This book does a good job explaining what a biotherapeutic agent is and what role it may play in the areas of microbiology, infectious disease resistance, and treatment options.
Purpose: It has been written to provide a concise review and discussion of biotherapeutic agents and their potential in therapy.
Audience: The various chapters contain studies from those who have worked with "biotherapeutic" agents. The review of these studies can give pharmacists, physicians, microbiologists, dieticians, and other healthcare providers an idea of what clinical options will be available in the future to cover evolving epidemiology.
Features: Biotherapeutics and its application is a very interesting and persuasive science. It is a topic that is discussed, but has never been explained in such detail as the authors depict. This book adds credibility to the idea of using something that is "normal flora or its derivative to cover some of our most resistant pathogens." It is written in a manner that those in a wide variety of disciplines would have no difficulty understanding. Some of the material could be used as reference. However, practitioners like myself find this type of topic on the forefront of medicine and informative as well. There are not many reference books that give you new treatment modalities and back them with the actual research. The tables and diagrams that appear with data are helpful. I wasn't familiar with some of the "units" that appeared in the tables. A better key for tables would make things a little more understandable.
Assessment: On the whole, I found this book to be interesting and challenging to some of our goals in the area chemotherapy-resistant pathogens of the future.