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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David W. Hecht, MD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This is an important new edition of an authoritative infectious diseases textbook. It provides a comprehensive description of general principles, microbiology, and diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an updated and expanded description covering virtually all aspects of infectious diseases. There is a special emphasis on AIDS, emerging infections, and antimicrobial resistance that are important additions. Because of the acquisition of new knowledge in the field, an authoritative and updated infectious diseases text is needed every few years, and this text fulfills this important need while achieving the authors' objectives.
Audience: This book is targeted especially for infectious disease practitioners, fellows in training, and internists. It is an important reference for anyone with an interest in infectious diseases. The authors are all experts in their respective fields, and represent a Who's Who of infectious disease practitioners and researchers.
Features: This book contains a liberal number of tables and illustrations that enhance the rapid reference value of the text. The references are up-to-date and sufficient.
Assessment: This second edition of a widely read reference of infectious diseases is an outstanding update. Its inclusion of several important new topics, completely updated chapters, and emphasis on areas of infectious diseases less well covered by other texts makes it the most recent important addition to a rapidly changing field. It will fill the need for all infectious disease clinicians, fellows in training, and students of infectious diseases.