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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael G White, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This continues as the definitive encyclopedic text for pediatric infectious disease. Now in its sixth edition, it stands as an appropriate legacy of Dr. Ralph Feigin.
Purpose: The editors' goal is to provide a comprehensive reference text for Pediatric Infectious Diseases which is clearly unique compared to the adult population. This has been a consistent objective from the first edition and continues to be well served by the latest edition. Other writers have recognized this void first addressed by Drs. Feigin and Cherry, but this continues as the most definitive reference
Audience: The book is intended as the definitive textbook for Pediatric Infectious Disease. It is appropriate for practitioners in primary care pediatrics or any subspecialty focused on the pediatric patient population likely to include infectious processes. While medical students will find specific chapters useful, it is most appropriate for residents and beyond.
Features: Feigin and Cherry's book is encyclopedic in its breadth of coverage. The editors have selected writers who provide well-written reviews of their appointed areas, resulting in a very complete reference on all aspects of pediatric infectious disease. The companion online version of the text makes it searchable, so that access is more readily available even with hand-held devices.
Assessment: This is the textbook for pediatric infectious disease. The only shortcoming is the continued use of black-and-white photographs which could at least be replaced by color plates on the web site where color reproduction is not cost prohibitive.