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September 2009

Neurotropic Viral Infections

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edited by Carol Shoshkes Reiss, PhD, 455 pp, with illus, $180, ISBN 978-0-521-86964-5, New York, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2008.


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Arch Neurol. 2009;66(9):1176-1177. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2009.198

Since the AIDS pandemic (about 33 million people were living with human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] in 2008), the interest in neurotropic viral infections has become essential for all clinical neurologists. Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, for instance, first described in 1958 as a very rare condition in patients with hematological disease, entered in the 1990s much more in the focus of neurologists, with the rising number of HIV-infected and AIDS-defined patients, but nowadays also interests clinicians caring for patients with encephalomyelitis disseminata in the context of modern treatment options with humanized monoclonal antibodies. Therefore, it is not surprising that Cambridge University Press has undertaken the project of updating the current knowledge about neurotropic viral infections in a compendium that is of interest both for clinically active neurologists as well as researchers in the field of virology and neurovirology. Dr Reiss' comprehensive book accomplishes this goal in a perfect manner while dealing with neurotropic infections from 3 different points of view.

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