December 1988


Author Affiliations

Professor of Pediatrics University of Arizona Health Science Center 1501 N Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724


by Stanley Plotkin and Edward Mortimer, 650 pp, $99, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1988.

Am J Dis Child. 1988;142(12):1292. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1988.02150120046037

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Two of the world's experts in vaccine development and utilization have edited and compiled an impressive text that should serve as a standard for all of those who deal with any aspect of vaccine science and practice. This 32-chapter text covers all of the available vaccines and includes technologic, regulatory, public health, and legal considerations.

Each chapter is well written by one of the world authorities in that area and the editing appears even. The chapters are organized (for the vaccines) by a systematic approach, listing the major features of each. These subheadings both provide an internal index to each chapter and permit the text to be used as a reference source, for someone wishing to find a particular feature of a given vaccine, without consulting the index.

Noncontroversial vaccines are handled with detail, sufficient to provide both practitioner and scholar with useful information. Controversial vaccines, such as pertussis, influenza,

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