Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal
Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
Infectious disease specialists and other students of microscopic pathogens
have anticipated this sixth edition of Mandell, Douglas,
and Bennett’sPrinciples and Practice of Infectious
Diseases (PPID) for some time. Since the fifth edition was published
5 years ago, the world has witnessed the appearance of severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS), more avian influenza, the anthrax-by-mail scare, and community-acquired
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In addition,
a bevy of new antimicrobial agents—including caspofungin, moxifloxacin,
gatifloxacin, linezolid, and valganciclovir—have entered the arena.
Thus, this latest edition of PPID arrives at a most
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