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May 21, 1982

The Human Herpesviruses: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY


edited by André J. Nahmias, Walter R. Dowdle, and Raymond F. Schinazi (conference, Atlanta, March 1980), 721 pp, with illus, $89, New York, Elsevier/North-Holland Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2723. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440063044

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This text on the herpesviruses in man contains chapters originally given as presentations at the International Conference on Herpes Viruses held in Atlanta in March 1980. The topics represent all the relevant areas of interest, including the clinical spectrum of diseases, epidemiology of infection and disease, diagnostic measures including rapid viral diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

For the chapters with a clinical bent, a review of the historical information is undertaken and then more recent developments are highlighted. Less clinically relevant but equally important is information presented on the immunology (especially cellular immunology) of herpesviruses. In addition, topics of molecular and genetic features of these viruses and latency and oncogenesis are nicely developed, with greater focus directed at more recent developments. Tables and figures in all chapters help clarify the information.

For each area covered, the four human herpesviruses are given individual chapters. In keeping with the limits of our knowledge,