It is not every day that the average clinician (if there is such an animal) encounters a patient with a scenario that suggests endocarditis or typhoid fever. What should the physician do when a patient returns from Brazil or China with fever, bradycardia, and hepatomegaly? What diagnoses should be considered? What workup is appropriate? What treatment and follow-up are advised?
In some cases, turning to such venerable resources as Mandell, Douglas and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases or Gorbach, Bartlett, and Blacklow's Infectious Diseases can be more than one bargains for—wading through lengthy and detailed chapters can be a time-consuming or prohibitive challenge that leads to considerable head scratching. Conn's Current Therapy or Schlossberg's Current Therapy of Infectious Disease may be ideal for a quick answer to the questions of which antibiotic, what dose, and for how long. But, for differential diagnosis and diagnostic workup, the inquiring doctor must look elsewhere. Schlager's Clinical Management of Infectious Diseases is a nifty little resource that might just fill the bill.
Infectious DiseaseClinical Management of Infectious Diseases: A Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy. JAMA. 1999;281(23):2249-2250. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2249-JBK0616-2-1