Reviewer: Sue C. Kehl, PhD, D (ABMM)(Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is the third edition of this book, consisting entirely of clinical case presentations. These cases comprise "classic" descriptions of a wide variety of infectious diseases. It has been updated since its 1999 edition.
Purpose: The author developed the book to address the increasing number of clinical vignette questions on medical examinations. It provides clinical correlation to basic science information, an increasing focus on USMLE. These succinct case presentations meet the author's objectives.
Audience: The book is written for the medical student studying for USMLE. However, these clinical vignettes provide useful learning tools to any student of medical microbiology or medical technology. The authors are medical educators.
Features: The book consists entirely of clinical case presentations in infectious disease. The case presentations are succinct, focusing on "classical" findings and symptoms. Brief discussion of pathogenic mechanisms are included. The book is designed to be used in conjunction with the USMLE First Aid Book series as clinical correlates. An atlas of the pathologic findings is also separately available. The book is not intended to be, nor is it, a reference. The cases highlight "testable" facts.
Assessment: The clinical case presentations present "classical" description of infectious disease in a succinct fashion. The section on laboratory findings presents only those tests with relevant and significant results. A list of differential diagnoses could improve the teaching quality of the text. The discussions briefly highlight pathogenic mechanisms and could be expanded. There are no references provided for the interested reader.