Description: This is a comprehensive reference on infectious diseases in a concise, accessible format. It is part of the Oxford American Handbooks series, written and adapted for a U.S. audience from the U.K. version, Oxford Handbook of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Torok et al. (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Purpose: The authors provide a rapid reference on the wide range of infectious diseases. They successfully synthesize and provide a concise review of microbiology and antimicrobial pharmacotherapy, along with specific guidance on individual diseases and conditions.
Audience: This handbook should appeal to trainees, hospital physicians, general practitioners, and infectious disease specialists. The four editors have collaborated with the three authors of the U.K. version, who are noted for their extraordinary groundwork, in providing a concise, practical reference for the clinical setting.
Features: Emerging microbial drug resistance demands a working knowledge of common microbiological testing and antimicrobial activity profiles, and this book provides that in chapters covering basic microbiology, epidemiology, pharmacology, and clinical syndromes. The best clinical information is presented in a note format, complemented by hints, tips, and advice from the authors. Content is evidence based with useful links to up-to-date clinical information and online resources.
Assessment: This is an extraordinary concise reference for guidance in clinical infectious diseases, supported by definitions of basic terms and an overview of microbiology and antimicrobial pharmacology. It includes surveillance and management strategies for infection control. Although it does not include specific antibiotic doses, it is a handy pocket reference, offering reliable guidance for approaching a wide range of infectious diseases. Moreover, it would be perfect for test preparation for trainees.