Author Affiliations: Dr Zuccotti (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Contributing Editor and Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Deputy Editor, JAMA. Dr Zuccotti is also with Partners Healthcare, Boston, Massachusetts.
Infectious diseases and immunologic disorders are common reasons patients seek medical care, can be associated with considerable morbidity, and account for substantial health care expenditures. Each year, there are millions of outpatient visits for a variety of infectious disorders, such as upper respiratory tract infections, acute otitis media, skin infections, community-acquired pneumonia, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections. In addition, infectious processes may represent life-threatening conditions for hospitalized patients, ranging from severe sepsis and ventilator-acquired pneumonia to nosocomial infection with resistant organisms and surgical site infections.
Zuccotti G, Fontanarosa PB. A Theme Issue on Infectious Disease and Immunology—Call for Papers. JAMA. 2010;304(10):1126. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1305