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February 1, 1985

Infections in the Elderly

JAMA. 1985;253(5):692-693. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350290098038

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This is a multiauthored book with a group of distinguished contributors. The topics begin with host defenses in the aged. There are chapters on antimicrobial agents and their pharmacology in the aged, the pathogenesis of bacterial pneumonia, community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonias, and immunization. There is a separate chapter on fever of unknown origin. Chapters on infectious diarrhea, abdominal infections, community-acquired bacteremia, infective endocarditis, bacterial meningitis, community-acquired urosepsis, nosocomial urinary tract infections, and pressure sores round out this book.

The book is well set up. The type is pleasing to the eye and readable. The chapters are arranged in logical sequence. Important specific factual statements are well referenced, and all of the chapters have complete lists of references. The book is not profusely illustrated, but there is a moderate number of tables, which are very clearly laid out and easy to read and which make salient points.

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