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November 12, 1997

Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Author Affiliations

University of Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson


edited by Sarah S. Long, Larry K. Pickering, and Charles G. Prober, 1821 pp, with illus, $225, ISBN 0-443-08943-4, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1997.

JAMA. 1997;278(18):1539-1540. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550180093048

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Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases is the latest addition to the expanding number of pediatric infectious disease tomes, to which it inevitably will be compared. Like the "gold standard" in the field, Feigin and Cherry's Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, it is meant to be comprehensive. Unlike Feigin and Cherry, it is not encyclopedic, although it tends to greater comprehensiveness than the most recent entrant in this domain, Jenson and Baltimore's Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Principles and Practice. All the infectious disease texts are multiedited and multiauthored, a reflection of the breadth and depth of the subspecialty. Similarly, all have both general and specific etiologic agent sections. What are the distinguishing features of Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, apart from its newness (a position soon and predictably to be relinquished to the fourth edition of Feigin and Cherry)?

The first of the text's four major parts contains