Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by S. J. Flint, V. R. Racaniello, L. W. Enquist, A. M. Skalka, and R. M. Krug, 804 pp, with illus, $89.95, ISBN 1-55581-127-2, Washington, DC, ASM Press, 2000.
When a new book appears on my desk, I scan the table of contents, foreword, and lists of chapter contents (if any); browse chapters that contain material familiar to me; peruse areas of specific interest; and finally move to areas in which I need updating. After completing this process for Principles of Virology, I was absolutely delighted and decided that it is the first of its kind since Salvador Luria's 1953 General Virology.
Imagine my surprise when I finally turned to chapter 1 and found that it opened with Luria's credo: "There is an intrinsic simplicity of nature, and the ultimate contribution of science resides in the discovery of unifying and simplifying generalizations, rather than in the description of isolated situations—in the visualization of simple, overall patterns rather than in the analysis of patchworks." The authors of Principles of Virology have completely adhered to this credo and used viruses as models for establishing principles in biology.
VirologyPrinciples of Virology: Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Control. JAMA. 2001;285(7):942-943. doi:10.1001/jama.285.7.942-JBK0221-2-1