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April 26, 2000

Infections of LeisureInfections of Leisure

Author Affiliations
 

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

 

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edited by David Schlossberg, 2nd ed, 428 pp, with illus, paper, $49.95, ISBN 1-55581-160-4, Washington, DC, American Society for Microbiology, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(16):2169-2170. doi:10.1001/jama.283.16.2169-JBK0426-2-1

Can reading a medical textbook be fun? If most of us are candid, the answer must be less than an enthusiastic "yes." But Infections of Leisure is an exception.

A few of the chapter titles give the reader an idea of what is in store: "Perils of the Garden" (infections acquired from contact with soil and plants), "Feline Friends," "Exotic and Trendy Cuisine," and "The Camper's Uninvited Guests" (among which are ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas). The prose is equally entertaining. Of Gnathostoma species, the reader learns that

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