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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Alan Horowitz, BA, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This textbook on the theory and practice of the medical specialty of infectious diseases has been considered the authoritative source of information for practitioners since the first edition of 1979. This seventh edition is the first revision since 2005.
Purpose: It is designed as a comprehensive source of up-to-date information and guidance in the diagnosis and treatment of the broad range of infectious diseases, presented from the perspective of experienced clinicians. It succeeds admirably.
Audience: Although written primarily for infectious diseases practitioners and infectious diseases fellows in training, the book also is targeted at internists, family practitioners, pharmacologists, and various basic scientists and clinical microbiologists. The authors are a virtual Who's Who of experts in the field.
Features: Chapters on the major groups of microbial pathogens, clinical syndromes, and antimicrobial therapy constitute the heart of the book. Many new and updated chapters provide information on special areas such as microbial pathogenesis, nosocomial infections, infections in special hosts, bioterror defense, epidemiology, travel medicine, and immunization practices. A valuable tradition continues with the extensive and up-to-date references for each chapter. Purchasers may register for the online edition that promises regular updates, so important in this rapidly changing field. Many illustrations are made more helpful by the use of color. Some readers' satisfaction with the book may be diminished by the small size of the type and by its excessive weight.
Assessment: This has been the standard authority in its field since 1979. This edition upholds that standard in every way. The numerous changes in the practice of infectious diseases make the new edition a necessity for anyone with an interest in the area.