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From The CriticsReviewer: Carlos E Figueroa Castro, MD (Boone Hospital Center)
Description: The organization of this book on microbiology and infectious diseases is based on clinical syndromes and descriptions of other topics like infections in the immune compromised host, travel medicine, nosocomial infections, and emerging infectious diseases.
Purpose: The authors developed this book to encompass the management of infections in the community and hospital settings. It is designed to be easy to navigate, which appeals to its intended target readers, medical and pharmacy students, and as a review for examination purposes.
Audience: It is directed at medical and pharmacy students, but it is also intended to be a good source of information for general practitioners and physicians with expertise in infectious diseases. The authors are experts in infectious disease and tropical medicine in the United Kingdom.
Features: The book is logically organized, starting with basic microbiology and antimicrobial treatment. Each section has a case scenario with questions, and a brief explanation of the relevance of the case in clinical practice. The graphs and tables are easy to read, and the pictures are of good quality and very illustrative (most of them in color). A detailed index is located at the beginning of each chapter. Unfortunately, there is no list of references, suggested readings, or helpful links to the Internet, which is especially critical in subjects like travel medicine and emerging infectious diseases. The book does not come with a CD-ROM, and does not have an online electronic version.
Assessment: This is a nice outline of microbiology and infectious diseases. It will have more appeal for busy medical or pharmacy students as a textbook for a regular course. It is too detailed to be used as a review for examinations like the USMLE Step 1. It could be used as a rapid reference source for more experienced providers, but does not provide the detail an infectious disease physician would need. In a rapidly changing field like infectious diseases, a new edition is always welcome.