Vaccinesby Stanley A. Plotkin, Walter Orenstein, Paul A. Offit
Completely revised and updated, this respected reference offers comprehensive and current coverage of every aspect of vaccination from development to use in reducing disease. It provides authoritative information on vaccine production, available preparati
Description: This is the second edition of a useful book that describes the vaccines available in current clinical practice. Since the publication of the first edition 6 years ago, there has been considerable progress in the field, in particular in the development of new vaccines for H. influenzae disease. These new areas of vaccine development are nicely summarized in the new edition. The role of sociological and political influences on vaccine development, delivery, and utilization is intelligently considered.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a guide for the clinician. Scholarly in overview and detailed in historical perspective, the book nevertheless manages to retain a high degree of clinical relevance. There is some awkwardness as the book transitions from descriptions of those vaccines currently in routine use to those that have only recently been developed. Some sections of the book, particularly the sections detailing the development of poliomyelitis vaccines, also suffer from some repetitiveness. However, the overall impression is of a book that should serve as a comprehensive reference volume that not only chronicles the history of vaccine development to date, but also anticipates the imminent release and clinical use of new vaccines such as the hepatitis A vaccine and acellular pertussis vaccines.
Audience: The authors suggest that this book is directed at the practitioner, and largely this is the case.
Features: A most helpful feature of the book is the appendix that provides "at a glance" summaries of current ACIP recommendations, individual state immunization requirements, and a guide to contraindications and precautions to immunizations.
Assessment: This book would make an outstanding and practical addition to the personal library of any provider of primary care. It will also have wide value to basic scientists interested in "real-world" clinical and political overviews of vaccine usage and development as well as to students of the history of medicine.
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