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July 20, 1984

Respiratory Infections: Diagnosis and Management

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical and Regional Office Center Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia

JAMA. 1984;252(3):422. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350030080028

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Respiratory tract infections are so common that one would think most physicians have mastered the art of diagnosis and the science of management by now. Unfortunately, even the most experienced clinician frequently faces difficulties with these infections, and mortality remains high despite proper management. The publication of a book does not necessarily reduce the awesome morbidity and mortality of disease but can disseminate knowledge that may allow a more rational approach to management. If read carefully by medical students, house staff, and all physicians, this book may indeed have an impact.

I had planned to skim the pages but ended up reading every word of this excellent book. There are almost 500 pages and 47 contributors, many with vast experience. The book is divided into five sections that deal with pathogenesis, diagnostic techniques, clinical presentation of upper and lower respiratory tract disease, etiologic agents, and additional therapeutic considerations. Both pediatric