September 10, 1997

The Medical Management of AIDS

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Arizona Scottsdale


edited by Merle A. Sande and Paul A. Volberding, 5th ed, 515 pp, with illus, $59, ISBN 0-7216-6908- 5, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1997.

JAMA. 1997;278(10):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550100098050

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Imagine being given an assignment to develop a book that is to provide clinicians with the latest knowledge concerning human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and its consequences—immunodeficiency and opportunistic infections—as well as their treatment and prevention. Such a project could easily result in a book of 1000 pages, enough to strain the limits of the human body to carry from home to office.

To accomplish the task in a handy, manageable, and readable volume of half that size is exactly what Sande and Vol-E berding have once again done. The secret is to enlist the aid of clinician-academicians who have seen the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic from its very beginnings in 1981 and have followed it through to to-day's domineering presence. Ask these clinicians to put on paper what is really key in managing HIV-infected individuals and to update their material frequently. The result is this