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August 8, 1980

Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

JAMA. 1980;244(6):605. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310060061032

For years practitioners dealing with infectious diseases have awaited the publication of a broad, general, useful reference text in this subspecialty. Previous efforts have suffered from a variety of serious deficiencies, and each has met with considerable disappointment. Indeed, considering the rapid changes that are taking place in clinical microbiology, clinical infectious diseases, antibiotic chemotherapy, and related fields, many had thought that the production of a comprehensive text of infectious diseases was an utter impossibility. When Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett announced their intent to compile such a text, there was a great deal of skepticism as to whether they would meet with any greater success than previous authors. Thankfully, the product of their efforts has laid most of the doubts to rest.

Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases is indeed a treatise of monumental scope—broad-ranging, thorough, and in depth, yet easily readable. The text is divided into four parts: part