by Melvin I. Marks, 854 pp, 83 illus, $65, New York, Springer-Verlag New York Inc, 1985.
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This is another volume in the series titled Comprehensive Manuals in Pediatrics. Unlike most current texts on infectious diseases, it represents the work of a single author, which means that the style is consistent and that there is no risk of contradiction from chapter to chapter. Dr Marks is well known and respected in the field concerned with pediatric infectious diseases, and I admire his courage in agreeing to such a task as this. My first thoughts were that he was either (1) masochistic, or (2) had too much free time on his hands. I know, however, that the latter is not the case.
Each chapter is extensively referenced (538 citations for the second chapter alone), and the book is adequately illustrated and includes 12 color plates. Tables are used frequently and appropriately, and they supplement the textual material very well.
The text is written in a personal, often conversational
RAY CG. Pediatric Infectious Diseases for the Practitioner. Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(8):776. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140100038021