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Books, Journals, New Media
September 15, 2004

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(11):1375-1376. doi:10.1001/jama.292.11.1375-b

Nearly 25 years have elapsed since the initial publication of Feigin and Cherry's encyclopedic tome. Conceived to "provide comprehensive coverage of infectious diseases in children," it has done so from its inception.

The fifth edition, published in 2004, reflects the continued growth of the field of infectious diseases and the editorial challenge, initially undertaken by two individuals, of embracing this vast body of knowledge. The editors now number four with the addition of Drs Kaplan and Demmler; the contributors, 245; and the two volumes, more than 3500 pages. Revisions, some extensive and others minimal, are apparent throughout. New diseases (eg, severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS]) and new etiologic agents (eg, human metapneumovirus) appear. The reemergence of older diseases, whether in different guises (eg, anthrax) or different settings (eg, international travelers, transplant recipients) is well described.

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