Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Allan R. Tunkel, 266 pp, with illus, $110, ISBN 0-7817-1102-9, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.
It's an unimposing, rather small volume—barely 250 pages (excluding the index) and nearly compact enough to fit into a laboratory coat pocket. Except for one chapter on the history of bacterial meningitis written by Michael Scheld, who along with Allan Tunkel is widely regarded as an authority on meningitis, this is a work by a single individual—quite rare in medical book authorship these days. Tunkel, professor of internal medicine at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pa, offers in Bacterial Meningitis a distillation of a massive amount of knowledge on a disease that strikes a note of fear in the public mind.
MeningitisBacterial Meningitis. JAMA. 2002;287(3):384. doi:10.1001/jama.287.3.384-JBK0116-5-1