January 17, 1996

Principles and Practice of Clinical Virology

Author Affiliations

Veterans Affairs Medical Center Wilmington, Del


edited by A. J. Zuckerman, J. E. Banatvala, and J. R. Pattison, 3rd ed, 766 pp, with illus, $99.95, ISBN 0-471-93106-3, New York, NY, John Wiley & Sons, 1994.

JAMA. 1996;275(3):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530270091044

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The printing of the third edition of Principles and Practice of Clinical Virology within eight years attests to the rapid developments in the field. The editors of this multiauthored book are faculty members at three eminent medical schools in London, England.

After a brief preface, this 766-page book plunges into an excellent description of the Herpesviridae family. This discussion occupies 152 pages, 30 devoted to the herpes simplex virus. The chapter on human retroviruses, however, occupies only 36 pages. This imbalance is surprising because of the extraordinary impact these viruses have had in the practice of medicine today. While the chapter is well written, the 1987 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classification offered on page 691 is outdated (replaced by another one in 1993). This section does contain a reference to Chang and Moore's 1994 report on the relationship of Kaposi's sarcoma to a herpesvirus. The references are arranged