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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Randy Marosok, MD (Saint Mary's Mercy Medical Center)
Description: This is one of the most complete texts on toxoplasmosis that encompasses all aspects of this disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive clinical guide to toxoplasmosis. In a changing field with the immunocompromised patient and with new pharmacotherapies this is a worthy and well accomplished objective.
Audience: It is stated that this is meant to be a reference for infectious disease specialists, microbiologists, parasitologists, and obstetricians and gynecologists. This is correct, but the book is written in a format that any nonspecialist physician would find practical and useful.
Features: It provides an in-depth review of the fundamental background to the organism, including a very concise but updated review of the epidemiology, biology, and immunology of the disease. This is the most complete reference that I have encountered and found the summaries at the end of each section to be unique and extremely helpful. In addition, the appendixes at the end of the book (with appropriate references) are unique and act as a quick reference for treatment and management.
Assessment: I strongly believe that this is the single best reference on toxoplasmosis that I have encountered. I feel that it would be an invaluable tool for any physician diagnosing,treating or educating others in toxoplasmosis. It certainly will be a valuable asset in our clinical practice.