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May 6, 1983

Current Clinical Topics in Infectious Diseases 3

Author Affiliations

LAC-USC Medical Center USC School of Medicine Los Angeles

JAMA. 1983;249(17):2395-2397. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330410073036

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This is the third annual appearance of a multiauthored review of topics of interest in infectious diseases, edited by two distinguished professors. The subjects chosen for discussion are topical because of current clinical importance and changes in methods of diagnosis and treatment or represent in-depth reviews of somewhat neglected topics. The authors of the individual articles are recognized experts.

The chapter by Owen, "Sexually Transmitted Enteric Disease," reviews a topic that is of increasing current importance and interest. The broadening concept of sexually transmitted diseases, which includes enteric protozoa, metazoal viruses, and bacteria, is reviewed in a thorough and scholarly manner.

The developing field of viral chemotherapy as typified by nucleoside derivatives and interferons as antiviral agents is ably reviewed by Hirsch and Hammer. The important relevant studies are cited and analyzed. There is a short discussion of the outlook for nucleoside derivatives and a look to the future, when