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February 22, 1971

Antimicrobial Therapy

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Dallas


edited by Benjamin M. Kagan, 500 pp, 14 illus, $14.50, Canada $15.70, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1970.

JAMA. 1971;215(8):1331. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180210075037

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Antimicrobial Therapy is well worth the price and would be of value to all students of medicine whether in training or in practice. If physicians followed the recommendations made in this volume, the quality of medical care would be improved.

Let me emphasize the strengths from which this conclusion was drawn. Overall, the volume provides a compilation of information both theoretical and practical, some of which is difficult to locate in other sources, eg, Table 32-3 on dosage of antimicrobials by the aerosol route. In addition, most of the chapters are well referenced. Part 1, dealing with applied pharmacology, is of generally high quality, and consistent despite multiple authorship. Part 2, dealing with clinical applications, is more variable in quality. Chapter 12, "Common Sense (Clinical Judgment) in the Diagnosis and Antibiotic Therapy of Etiologically Undefined Infections," by Dr. Weinstein, is outstanding and should be required reading for all physicians at