Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Victor L. Yu, Thomas C. Merigan, Jr, and Steven L. Barriere, 1460 pp, with illus, $165, ISBN 0-683-30061-X, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1999.
Into the crowded field of textbooks on infectious diseases comes this new entry, stressing treatment and vaccines for pathogenic microbes. It attempts a somewhat different approach from the other clinical infectious disease texts in making therapeutics, rather than pathogenesis, the central, organizing subject. This is a reasonable approach, as therapeutics are becoming ever-more complex, and this text complements the standard infectious disease textbooks.
Antimicrobial Therapy and Vaccines consists of chapters on particular genera and species of microorganisms and on each antimicrobial agent. Bacteria, fungi, and viruses are all evaluated, but, unfortunately, many protozoa and other parasites are not. Despite the title, vaccines are only minimally addressed in select sections, and the text primarily offers a thorough evaluation of antimicrobials.
Infectious DiseaseAntimicrobial Therapy and Vaccines. JAMA. 1999;282(1):95-96. doi:10.1001/jama.282.1.95-JBK0707-4-1