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June 14, 1985

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Author Affiliations

St Paul Medical Center Dallas


by King K. Holmes et al, 1,079 pp, with illus, $50, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;253(22):3322. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350460124037

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Of all conditions in rapidly changing areas in medicine, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the most commonly encountered by practitioners. Consider the increasing resistance of gonococci to penicillin, the role of Chlamydia in urethritis and female genital infection, advances in serodiagnosis of syphilis, emergence of genital herpes to page-one media status, better understanding of the causes and treatment of nonspecific vaginitis, and realization of the many medical problems of homosexuals. Is it any wonder that physicians need a readable, current, and authoritative reference on STDs?

What a gem this book is! Within its covers are crammed the history, the science, the myths, and the facts behind nearly any STD the clinician may face. The authors (some 107 in all) have excelled in offering an exhaustive yet clinically oriented work that is lucid from start to finish.

The volume is extremely well organized. Following several illuminating chapters on historical aspects