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A number of studies have documented what all primary care physicians know well: infections continue to be a problem. The office-based practitioner spends perhaps the majority of his professional time diagnosing and treating those afflicted with viral, bacterial, and fungal diseases. Although most of these conditions are mundane, the practitioner must remain vigilant not to "miss" the infection that may progress fulminantly. I suspect it is this challenge that continues to stimulate the physician who has just seen the umpteenth case of "the flu." Thus, any book on infectious diseases that is oriented toward the general practitioner must relate to both the common and the exceptional. Accordingly, it is fitting that the publisher of editor Joseph Marr's book pledges both "accessibility to practical information and comprehensive coverage of clinically important topics." Whether Marr has fulfilled that pledge is another matter.
The book is divided into two major sections. The first
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