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From The CriticsReviewer: Kent B. Crossley, M.D., M.H.A. (Minneapolis VA Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a book on infectious diseases originally published in 1998 that consists entirely of short chapters that contain questions and answers.
Purpose: The book is intended for medical students and designed to mimic the questions and answers of teaching rounds. Although this is an uncommon way to present medical information, the book does meet the editor's objectives.
Audience: The editor indicates the book is written for those learning infectious diseases. Its easily readable style should make it interesting to medical students and residents. The author is in private practice in infectious diseases and is not a widely recognized authority in the specialty.
Features: The book covers the broad scope of clinical infectious diseases in almost 70 chapters. The question and answer format is interesting. In some cases (e.g., sepsis) chapters are too brief to cover the topic in much detail, while in others (e.g. infectious arthritis) the chapters are too long. There is an appropriate number of tables but too few illustrations. The bibliographies are brief but up-to-date.
Assessment: This book might be an interesting source for a highly motivated student who wants an extra book in infectious diseases. Its format does not make it effective as a reference. The authors are not the usual infectious diseases experts - rather, most are in the military or in training — but the content is wide ranging, accurate and interesting.