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From The CriticsReviewer: Mark D. Goodman, MD(Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This book is small in size, but large in content, updating primary care providers on the standards of HIV care. The book opens with a history of the disease and marches through transmission, therapy, diagnosis, and treatment of common clinical syndromes and closes with a chapter on HIV in special populations.
Purpose: The purpose is to impress upon us, as care providers, of the way in which HIV care has changed, and to emphasize the new populations at risk. As stated in the preface, "each patient encounter offers an opportunity to alter the course of this epidemic". These are certainly good care objectives and the authors do a sterling job of providing an update.
Audience: The book is written for primary care providers, according to the editors. The authors are among the finest in this field.
Features: Initially, I was disappointed in the book, because the introduction started with statistics and dates like most every other book dealing with this subject. I happened to be attending the HIV update courses at ICAAC in Chicago at the time, and was able to hear some of these authors speak and present, and very quickly it became clear that the book is cutting edge and written with great authority. The tables and boxed points are helpful and concise, and each chapter closes with a set of "Key Points," which provide a nice summary. In any book where breadth is desired, depth is sometimes sacrificed, and there are many chapters where additional information would have been welcome. In the chapter on common clinical syndromes, a discussion of nights sweats would have been helpful. The photo plates at the end of the book are too limited to be of assistance.
Assessment: This book is among the best for its audience — primary medical care providers. The editors and authors have done a great service in providing a book that can be a roadmap for quality provision of care. The second edition is not only useful, but required, and soon there will need to be a third, a fourth, etc.