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Books, Journals, New Media
July 16, 2003

Infectious DiseaseInfectious Disease

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(3):409. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.409-a

Having reviewed the first edition of Antimicrobial Therapy and Vaccines for JAMA, it is relatively easy for me to compare it with the second edition. The first edition was an excellent inaugural textbook, which concentrated on the antimicrobials themselves, in contrast to other textbooks of infectious diseases, which focused on organisms and disease pathogenesis; it thus helped fill a niche. The second edition is a dramatic improvement on the already excellent first edition. The editors now have divided it into two volumes with the first, under review herein, on microbes and a promised second volume with chapters on antimicrobial agents. This is an excellent way to approach a rapidly expanding field, allowing the reader to address a question by concentrating on the organism or antimicrobial agent of interest.