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.
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.
Barton LL. Pediatric Infectious Diseases. JAMA. 2004;292(11):1375-1376. doi:10.1001/jama.292.11.1375-b