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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert Gene Penn, MD (Nebraska Methodist Hospital)
Description: This is an update of a 2010 book that compiles the 132 chapters related to infectious diseases that appear in Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th edition, Longo et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2012). It provides concise and comprehensive coverage of infections in organ systems, bacterial infections, viral infections, prion diseases, fungal infections, and protozoal infections, while including new developments that have occurred since the publication of the previous edition.
Purpose: As with the first edition, this edition is intended as a convenient, standalone resource for accurate, accessible, up-to-date information on infectious diseases to meet point-of-care needs. In striving to meet immediate clinical needs, the information is presented in the context of underlying epidemiologic, pathophysiologic, and genetic factors. The authors take into consideration the formidable time and cost constraints facing clinicians. Moreover, topics are addressed from an international perspective.
Audience: It is ideal for clinicians in the clinic or ward, for the classroom, or for exam/certification preparation. The infectious disease coverage reflects the expertise of authors who are acknowledged authorities in their fields.
Features: The book provides specific recommendations regarding diagnostic options and therapeutic regimens, including antibiotics of choice, doses, durations, and alternatives. A new chapter, "The Human Microbiome" (chapter 3), summarizes the human microbiome projects and offers expert perspective on the critical relationship between the human body and its trillions of resident microbes. Also new is a highly practical chapter, "Health Care-Associated Infections" (chapter 14), that outlines infection concerns associated with healthcare and "bundled interventions." Self-assessment questions and answers are provided in an appendix at the end. The book is available both in a print version and as an eBook.
Assessment: This is an important, convenient resource that provides accurate, up-to-date integration of pathophysiology and clinical management of infectious diseases. With its full-color format, abundant illustrations yield key information in a user-friendly manner. Both students and clinicians will find this authoritative source of current information on infectious diseases extremely valuable.