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Book and Media Reviews
December 8, 2010

Emerging Issues and Controversies in Infectious Disease

JAMA. 2010;304(22):2536. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1825

In the constantly changing battlefield of infectious diseases, new pathogens enter, old foes adopt new methods of attack, and weapons are constantly honed. Infectious disease clinicians are left with the task of being equipped to defend patients and the public from this continual onslaught. Emerging Issues and Controversies in Infectious Disease, edited by I. W. Fong, is a reliable tool for this task.

Divided into 12 chapters, this volume, part of Springer's Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century series, tackles difficult management questions that challenge the infectious disease clinician on a daily basis. Often, clinicians are left with relying on past habits gleaned during fellowship to guide therapy without any knowledge of whether actual evidence supports some inherited practices; Fong's book provides a detailed analysis of the evidence—if any exists—for myriad management approaches that could be taken for an infectious disease.