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March 9, 1994

Infectious Disease in Emergency Medicine

Author Affiliations

Oregon Health Sciences University Portland

JAMA. 1994;271(10):792. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510340082041

The principal difficulty with reviewing an innovative book is avoiding effusive accolades unlikely to be believed by the reader. But the fact is that Infectious Disease in Emergency Medicine, by Brillman and Quenzer, is unlike any other book available in infectious disease, emergency medicine, or primary care. It bridges the gap between the exigencies of the emergency department and classic texts of infectious disease.

"the 'reflexes' needed in acute management"

The book's 951 pages are divided into three parts: "Principles of Infectious Disease," or, gathering the data and initially treating the patient; "Clinical Syndromes and Differential Diagnosis," a review of specific clinical situations and associated infections; and "Infections by Organ System," a reference section devoted to etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of specific infectious entities and structured much like classical texts of infectious disease.

The first two parts of the book distinguish it from other texts with lists and tables that

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