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Four years have passed since the last edition of Infectious Diseases was published. Knowledge in the field has expanded rapidly. The relationship between roseola (exanthem subitum) and human herpesvirus 6 has been established, and Helicobacter pylori's role in peptic ulcer disease has been widely accepted. The use of antiretroviral agents to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is being clarified with each passing year. "New" hepatitis viruses are being discovered. Newspaper headlines draw the world's attention to outbreaks of viral infection in central Africa and the southwest United States. The need for frequent revisions of infectious disease textbooks is obvious.
With this fifth edition, senior editor Hoeprich has enlisted the help of an additional editor (Dr Jordan had joined as coeditor of the fourth edition) and nearly 200 highly respected contributors. This edition has grown in page size, if not in total number of pages, and added several chapters.
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