November 10, 1993

Hospital Infections

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Scottsdale (Ariz)


edited by John V. Bennett and Philip S. Brachman, 982 pp, with illus, $115.50, ISBN 0316-08992-3, Boston, Mass, Little Brown & Co, 1992.

JAMA. 1993;270(18):2231-2232. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510180101048

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To the 30 million people hospitalized in the United States every year, the subject of infections acquired while in the hospital is far from theoretical. It can be a matter of life, death, or permanent disability. Nosocomial pneumonia, a total joint prosthesis infection, urinary tract sepsis following prosthetic surgery—all are unwelcome intruders in the halls of medical progress.

Hospital Infections illuminates the dark corners of these halls, sweeps out dusty misconceptions, and polishes tools useful to the generalist and specialist alike. Now in its third edition, this book has matured into a position unique in its field. From humble and somewhat unimpressive beginnings over a dozen years ago, Hospital Infections now serves as the definitive resource work in its field. Other texts in infectious diseases expertly cover the spectrum from mundane to hyperesoteric, from the common cold to infections in heart transplant recipients. This text narrows the focus and, in