edited by Hal B. Jenson and Robert S. Baltimore, 1593 pp, with illus, $175, ISBN 0-8385-2474-5, Norwalk, Conn, Appleton & Lange, 1995.
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Jenson and Baltimore's Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Principles and Practice is an important addition to the burgeoning library of pediatric infectious disease books. It is also a volume refreshing both in its format and in its attempt to fight "the problem of bloated books—bibliobesity" (New York Times, July 30, 1995).
Written for primary care practitioners as well as for infectious disease specialists, the book has a syndrome-oriented approach. Each chapter is clearly and concisely written and extremely well organized. Discussions logically flow from disease definition to epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention. The references are up-to-date and adequate and contain both reviews and key articles. There are general topic sections—including microbial pathogenesis, diagnostic methods, disease prophylaxis, and treatment—and system-oriented ones—including respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal infections and infections in the neonate and immunocompromised host.
This volume is meant to be comprehensive without being encyclopedic. Despite 64
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