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June 1986

The Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, ed 2

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Columbia, SC

Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(6):1046. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360180016002

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The first edition of this textbook (1979) became the standard in its field but consisted of two bulky, awkward volumes weighing 5.2 kg. Many predicted that future editions would become increasingly encyclopedic, but less usable, dooming the book to eventual oblivion—a fate that finally befell William Osler's classic textbook of similar title.

The second edition exceeds all expectations. This is a great book. Placing an expanded text within a more conventionally shaped, compact, 3.6-kg single volume, the editors have produced a work that is both authoritative and usable.

This American text emphasizes problems that are likely to be encountered by American physicians. In a field famous for exotica, the authors have chosen to represent clinically relevant examples in 64 color plates. Straightforward descriptions, useful tables, well-chosen illustrations, practical advice, and thorough bibliographies are characteristic of this book.

Many chapters sparkle; each will have his or her favorites. Included are Pollack

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