Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Ralph D. Feigin and James D. Cherry, 4th ed, 2921 pp, with illus, $315, ISBN 0-7216-6448-2, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1998.
The editors of the fourth edition of Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases have sought to "provide comprehensive coverage of all subjects pertinent to the study of infectious diseases in children." They admit that the task is "formidable." Imagine the task of the reviewer! For, in fact, Drs Feigin and Cherry have generally succeeded in accomplishing their stated goal.
Despite the recent publication of two multiauthored pediatric infectious disease textbooks, Jenson and Baltimore's Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Principles and Practice and Long, Pickering, and Prober's Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, "Feigin and Cherry" remains the leader in the field—a treatise that can only be compared to the physician's physician. I would venture a guess that it is the reference first consulted by most pediatric infectious disease consultants. The almost 3000 pages contain 246 chapters by 224 contributing authors. This increase of 1000 pages and 100 authors in the 16 years since the first edition is graphic evidence of both the growth and the challenges of the field of pediatric infectious diseases.
Pediatric Infectious DiseasesTextbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, vols 1 & 2. JAMA. 1998;280(16):1456. doi:10.1001/jama.280.16.1456-JBK1028-3-1