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February 17, 1999

ZoonosesZoonoses: Biology, Clinical Practice, and Public Health Control

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association


by edited by S. R. Palmer, Lord Soulsby, and D. I. H. Simpson, 948 pp, with illus, $295, ISBN 0-19-262380-X, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;281(7):669-670. doi:10.1001/jama.281.7.669-JBK0217-5-1

Most types of infectious disease afflicting the human species are zoonotic, which is to say that the causative agents are naturally communicated between humans and other animals. For this reason, virtually all of the chapters in Zoonoses, edited by Palmer, Soulsby, and Simpson, have a corresponding chapter in most clinical textbooks of infectious disease. However, the emphasis of this new multiauthor text is on the animal reservoirs of disease-causing agents and the mechanism and control of their transmission to humans. This emphasis is in keeping with the text's subtitle "Biology, Clinical Practice, and Public Health Control" (which, oddly, does not appear anywhere on its cover), and results in content that is quite distinct from that of a clinical infectious diseases text.

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