by Stanley A. Plotkin and Edward A. Mortimer, Jr, 2nd ed, 996 pp, with illus, $159, ISBN 0-7216-6584-5, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1994.
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The first edition of this text about vaccines was successful in providing a comprehensive look at currently available immunizations, future vaccines, and a variety of issues that relate to their use. The six years since the publication of the first edition have yielded a rapid expansion of information and newly released vaccines such as the conjugated vaccine directed against Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis A vaccine, and new typhoid fever vaccines. In addition, much has been learned and applied to new technologies for developing and making vaccines. Recombinant DNA is an example of a new technology that has recently been applied to vaccine development.
The second edition is 50% bigger than the first, reflecting both additional information about existing vaccines and new chapters on the Japanese encephalitis, tick-borne encephalitis, and anthrax vaccines. Useful appendices have been added, which include tables of information about where to find the current Advisory Committee
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