April 25, 1980

Detection, Prevention and Management of Urinary Tract Infections

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois Hospital Chicago


by Calvin M. Kunin, ed 3; 381 pp, 83 illus, $18, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger Publishers, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(16):1669. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300420051035

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Dr Kunin's enormous experience and expertise are reflected in this delightful hardcover version of a book that became popular when it first appeared in 1972. The book is divided into six sections, each one offering a wealth of information on the epidemiology, diagnosis, management, and sequelae of urinary tract infections in carefully defined patient populations. The chapters are well written and illustrated. The intent of the original pocket-size manual was "to provide health workers some practical information on 'how to do it' rather than to be a scholarly repository of information." The author is both practical and scholarly in this third edition. Hundreds of references at the end of the book, listed alphabetically under various subheadings, are easy to locate as one reads the text. I was pleased to see that numerous references were as current as 1978.

As in most fields of medicine, controversies exist about the pathogenesis and