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Book and Media Reviews
December 9, 2009

Tuberculosis: A Comprehensive Clinical Reference

JAMA. 2009;302(22):2488-2489. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1815

Tuberculosis has plagued the human race for at least hundreds of years. In the late 19th century, Koch's arduous work led to the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium causing tuberculosis. Even after the discovery of antituberculosis treatment, many challenges have hindered the eradication of this disease, including the resurgence of tuberculosis infection in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–endemic era and the emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). In Tuberculosis: A Comprehensive Clinical Reference, authors Schaaf and Zumla offer a comprehensive historical, epidemiologic, immunologic, and clinical description of the disease. They present this topic in a way that is mostly relevant to infectious diseases specialists yet that also offers information helpful to other health care professionals for understanding the pathogenesis of and approach to this disease.