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June 17, 1992

The Biologic & Clinical Basis of Infectious Diseases

Author Affiliations

Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte, NC

JAMA. 1992;267(23):3217. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480230117043

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Midway through the standard medical school curriculum there is an abrupt transition from the classroom study of basic science to the hands-on study of patient care. Many schools design courses to ease the transition, either by providing the students earlier contact with patients or by bringing aspects of clinical medicine to the classroom. This textbook was written to accompany a course of the latter type, taught to sophomores at Northwestern University Medical School. The course and, thus, the book represent an attempt to integrate the basic science disciplines of microbiology and immunology within the framework of the clinical study of infectious diseases.

The book can be divided roughly into three sections. The introductory chapters focus on the interaction of microbes with the human immune system and on basic diagnostic methods. The second section, which is the bulk of the book, consists of chapters on various infectious diseases. The short final