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From The CriticsReviewer: Rebecca T. Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM)(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book is intended primarily to provide students with general information about human viral infections. The previous editions were published in 2000 and 1993.
Purpose: It covers the general principles of virus structure and infection mechanisms as well as the epidemiology of viral infections.
Audience: The principal audience includes undergraduate students studying human virology and second year medical students. The book is written in a simple, well organized and straightforward fashion. The authors have used their experiences in the previous editions to enhance and improve the presentation of this material.
Features: The book is arranged into four major sections that cover general principles, specific viral infections, special syndromes, and practical aspects of diagnosing and managing viral infections. At the beginning of each chapter is a detailed outline for easy reference. Many of the chapters contain interesting tidbits, such as the origin of the disease name or the history of the viral discovery. Several chapters discuss special topics such as viral infections that occur in immunocompromised patients, sexual transmission of viruses, and emerging viral infections. The figures are informative and add value to the information presented in the text.
Assessment: Overall, this is a good solid textbook for use in teaching medical virology. The quality of the figures is excellent and the cost is reasonable for a student. It is always helpful to have an up-to-date virology textbook, since the emergence of new human viruses is occurring constantly. In addition, the techniques used to detect viruses in humans are also rapidly evolving.