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January 31, 1972

Changing Patterns of Bacterial Infections and Antibiotic Therapy

JAMA. 1972;219(5):623. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190310049023

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No one practicing medicine today can escape the conviction that, since the advent of the antibiotics, the treatment of the infectious diseases has become more complicated at the same time that it has become more rewarding. I am repeatedly being asked to recommend a book which could be read by practitioners and house officers to bring them up to date in this field. The symposium held at Letterman General Hospital last year and now edited by Harold Neu fills this need very well.

The topics assigned to the speakers are particularly pertinent to today's needs. Several well-known investigators review their work and bring it up to date: Finland on changing patterns of infection as shown by a review of bacteremias; Jawetz on the therapy of infections with a combination of antibiotics; Stamey on urinary tract infections; Artenstein on the prevention of meningococcal infections; and Louris on superinfections. The last fits