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November 17, 1989

Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

Author Affiliations

Illinois Masonic Medical Center Chicago

Illinois Masonic Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1989;262(19):2755. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430190139054

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As a clinical microbiologist, I anxiously awaited the publication of this work from the moment that I first learned of its preparation some two years ago. When I received my two-volume set in the mail I was thrilled to discover that the high level of my expectations had not been unwarranted. In virtually every respect, this is a very impressive publication.

The physical composition of the work is imposing. There are two large (7 1/2 by 11 inches) volumes, totaling 2062 pages, with 409 illustrations (including 23 color plates). The text is printed on heavy, acid-free paper, and the binding is of high quality, perhaps in anticipation of the degree of use such a book is likely to receive. More importantly, the scientific content of this text is similarly impressive: it is unique, comprehensive, and international in flavor. The editors have gathered microbiologists and infectious disease experts from 18 different