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February 5, 1982

Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

JAMA. 1982;247(5):692. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300088041

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Pediatric Infectious Diseases: A Problem-Oriented Approach,  by Hugh L. Moffet, ed 2; 649 pp, 49 illus, paper, $35, Philadelphia, JB Lippincott Co, 1981.These volumes represent invaluable additions to the literature of infectious diseases. Although both are comprehensive in scope, their format and content differ sufficiently to make them complementary reading.Feigin and Cherry have attempted and, on the whole, have succeeded in writing and editing an "authoritative" two-volume textbook that "summarize[s] our present understanding of infectious diseases." The almost 2,000 pages comprise 44 chapters by 124 contributing authors and discuss infections by organ system and by microorganism. This two-pronged approach is thorough, but the inherent possibilities for duplication materialize throughout. For instance, the section on bronchiolitis duplicates much of the material in the chapter on respiratory syncytial virus; neonatal drug dosages are found in the chapter on perinatal bacterial disease as well as in the chapter on antimicrobial agents.