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July 23, 1982

Clinical Approach to Infection in the Compromised Host

Author Affiliations

University of Southern California School of Medicine Rancho Los Amigos Hospital Downey


edited by Robert H. Rubin and Lowell S. Young, 653 pp, with illus, $59.50, New York, Plenum Medical Book Co, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;248(4):476-477. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330040064040

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This book covers the important area of infection in the immunocompromised host in a clinical approach to the problem, and it is a major step forward. The subject matter is broad and ill defined, but the editors have selected well. The main emphasis has been placed on infections associated with immunosuppressive drugs, oncology, leukemia, and renal and marrow transplantation. Infections in the immunocompromised host are rapidly developing areas, and the authors have not avoided controversy.

There was the obvious conflict in a text of this type as to whether to organize chapters by organ system, infectious disease, or type of compromise, and some reduplication is expected. There is, however, very little, and the chapters are well written, well referenced, and up to date.

In addition to infectious disease specialists, a wide range of physicians are interested in the infections of the immunocompromised host, and this book will be widely read.