edited by W. Michael Scheld, Richard J. Whitley, and David T. Durack, 2nd ed, 1064 pp, $199, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1997.
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Despite safe vaccines, sensitive diagnostic techniques, and effective antimicrobial agents, infectious agents remain major causes of neurological morbidity worldwide. Consequently, this comprehensive text, with 75 contributors, has considerable relevance to clinicians and investigators and should occupy a prominent place in all medical libraries.
The text begins with a brief, succinct description of the clinical syndromes induced by infectious pathogens, and this section's Table 1 should be memorized by all students of infectious diseases. The subsequent chapters generally follow a traditional, pathogen-based approach, detailing material regarding viruses, bacteria, spirochetes, fungi, protozoa, and helminths, as well as agents that defy conventional classification. The concluding chapters present highly relevant material regarding cerebrospinal fluid diagnosis, neuroimaging, neurosurgical management, critical care neurology, and, finally, prevention.
As noted by the editors in their preface to the revised edition, this volume has been expanded by 14 chapters. The editors have crafted these chapters carefully, using
Bale JF. Infections of the Central Nervous System. Arch Neurol. 1997;54(10):1199. doi:10.1001/archneur.1997.00550220015004