edited by Samuel Broder, Thomas C. Merigan, Jr, and Dani Bolognesi, 951 pp, with illus, $150, ISBN 0-683-01072-7, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1994.
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In scarcely a dozen years, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has permeated societal thinking to the extent that almost no one on this planet is ignorant of the disease. Paralleling public awareness is the body of scientific information on the subject—an amount that challenges the most avid reader of medical literature. Consider the chapter on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the most recent edition of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. Its 52 pages exceed the combined length of chapters on myocardial infarction, lung cancer, and cerebrovascular disease! As our understanding of AIDS increases, and as we see its complexity expanding, textbooks to analyze and condense this body of information become a necessity. Textbook of AIDS Medicine is the latest, and the best. For this is not just a book; it is an encyclopedia.
Consider the challenge expressed by the editors: "to provide the reader with an ability to survey
Smilack JD. Textbook of AIDS Medicine. JAMA. 1994;272(6):490-491. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520060090040