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February 20, 1981

Infectious Diseases: Diagnosis and Management

Author Affiliations

University of Pittsburgh Veterans Administration Medical Center Pittsburgh

JAMA. 1981;245(7):771. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310320079040

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Writing a textbook on infectious diseases for medical students, house staff, and practicing physicians is more difficult than writing a comprehensive reference text. Unlike the reference text, a practical book must be concise, relevant, and, above all, readable. It must not only be clinically oriented, but sufficient pathophysiology must also be presented to provide an understanding of the infectious disease. If the text is overly comprehensive, it may prove tedious and even irrelevant for its selected audience. If it is too superficial, it may prove useless in the management of actual clinical cases. These are the challenges the editors of Infectious Diseases: Diagnosis and Management (all from the Division of Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center) must meet.

The book is divided into four sections: diagnostic and laboratory procedures, infections according to organ site or syndrome, infections according to pathogen, and antimicrobial therapy. The strength of this book is its