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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: The sixth edition of this standard text on infections of the fetus and neonate comes only four years after the previous edition (2001), perhaps recognizing the rapid changes that are occurring in this area of medicine. This is the most comprehensive book on this subject and it is written and edited by the leading authorities in the field. Two new editors (Carol Baker, MD, and Christopher Wilson, MD) have been added for this edition.
Purpose: The book is designed to provide definitive coverage of the microbiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infections of the fetus and newborn including those acquired in utero, during delivery, and in the early months of life. It is comprehensive, providing information on infections in both the developed and underdeveloped parts of the world. Having this up-to-date information in one resource is a worthy objective and it is met well in this book by the outstanding group of contributors.
Audience: It is aimed primarily at neonatologists, pediatricians, obstetricians, perinatologists, and infectious disease practitioners. Sections on breast-feeding and infection transmission make it useful for lactation counselors and infection control officers. The depth of the chapters and the excellent references will provide valuable information for physicians in training and scientists in related fields, such as microbiology.
Features: The book starts with general information about perinatal infections, then a review of bacterial, viral, protozoan, helminthic, and fungal infections, and then a closing section on infection control, laboratory aids, and pharmacology of antimicrobial agents. Each chapter on pathogens reviews the microbiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of the infection. The sections on human milk, infection control and the pharmacology of antimicrobial aids are well written and extremely useful.
Assessment: This is the premier text in this field and each edition is better than the last. With two additional editors, the book has expanded its scope and has become a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on infections complicating pregnancy and infancy. Many of the chapters represent the best, state-of-the-art reviews available to practitioners today. This is a magnificent book without peer in the field.