3rd ed, vols 1 and 2, edited by Ralph D. Feigin and James D. Cherry, 2640 pp, with illus, $250, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1992.
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The third edition of Feigin and Cherry's Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases is much like an overweight woman trying to squeeze into too tight undergarments. It is divided into two massive volumes, when really three should be used. Textbook is a misnomer; these volumes are encyclopedic. This is not meant as an indictment, but rather as an accolade and clarification: Feigin and Cherry's work is now the premier reference book on pediatric infectious disease. Indeed, it is of value not only to those who treat infections in infants, children, and adolescents, but also to physicians who care for adults. The new edition solidifies this reference work as the leader in its field. Compared with its predecessor, it is both larger in number of pages and in page size, exceeding the girth of many coffee table volumes.
The 2640 pages are divided into seven parts that include host-parasite relationships, infections of
BARTON LL. Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(7):797–798. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160310099031
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