July 22, 1983

The Pathology of Opportunistic Infections: With Pathogenetic, Diagnostic, and Clinical Correlations

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University University Hospitals of Cleveland


by Richard L. Myerowitz, 248 pp, 124 illus, $53, New York, Raven Press, 1983.

JAMA. 1983;250(4):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340040074041

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This book is divided into two general parts: one, the approach to diagnosis of opportunistic infections, with chapters on the role of the pathologist, invasive techniques, handling of the specimen, special stains, and morphology of opportunistic pathogens on light and electron microscopes; two, the specific clinicopathological entities. Bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa are covered in 16 chapters.

Each chapter has a roster of summary statements at the beginning. Each is then organized into sections that cover the organism, epidemiology and route of infection, clinical manifestations, macroscopic and microscopic pathology, and diagnostic considerations. A few key references end the chapter. There are 124 photographs of both gross and microscopic specimens of which 35 are in full color and illustrate the different pathogens by means of special stains. In addition, the book has 34 well-organized and clear tables.

The prose is lucid, concise, and easy to follow. All of the important pathogens