PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE EDITION-2 VOLUME SET, 6TH EDITION
Editors: Gerald L. Mandell, MD, MACP; John E. Bennett, MD, MACP; Raphael Dolin, MD
Bibliographic Data: Elsevier, 2005. Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Inc. ISBN: 0-443-06673-6, 4000 pp, hard cover, $459.00.
Reviewer's Expert Opinion:
Description: This is the sixth edition of the ultimate reference for infectious diseases. The two-volume set encompasses all that is currently known about the epidemiology, etiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, and treatment of infectious agents. The previous edition was published in 2000. Purpose: The key purpose is to provide a main reference for all practitioners. According to the authors, the purpose is “to capture the explosion of new knowledge in an authoritative, complete yet readable and readily accessible text.” These are worthy objectives and do justice to the level of information that this involves. The book meets these goals and, with the new electronic version (CD-ROM or online), may do a better job of keeping readers up-to-date in a timely manner. Audience: This book is meant for all practitioners as a reference on infectious diseases. Those in this broadly based audience will use it for different purposes. It can be used as the ultimate text reference for infectious disease problems by all practitioners as well as for more in-depth reading by infectious disease specialists. Authored by a who's who of experts from around the world, the book is a credible source of information. Features: The first volume deals with the principles of infectious diseases, pathology, microbiology, antibiotics, pharmacology, and the various clinical syndromes. The second volume deals with various infectious agents individually and the various disease processes they cause. The main unique feature (much awaited and much appreciated) are the new color pictures and tables that are so much better than those in the predecessor edition; they also liven up the book. There is to some extent overlap of the information in the various sections of the book, e.g., the syndromes and the infectious agents causing individual diseases are covered in separate sections. However, this duplication is somewhat unavoidable given the magnitude of information presented. Assessment: A lot has changed in the field of infectious diseases in the years since the last edition was published. This new edition provides updated information on all topics and provides information on emerging infections and new diseases, such as SARS, metapneumovirus, nipah and hanta virus, and includes a separate section on the emerging threat of bioterrorism and bio-preparedness.
Reviewer: Akhilesh Sharma, MBBS, MD