The Herpesviruses

Volume 1, edited by Bernard Roizman. xv + 445 pages, illustrated. Plenum Publishing Corporation, 233 Spring Street, New York, New York 10013. 1982. $39.50

Joel M. Dalrymple Department of Viral Biology Virology Division U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21701

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The Herpesviruses represents the first of a new series entitled “The Viruses,” which is replacing the well-known comprehensive Virology series. The objective of this new series is to publish single- or multiple-volume coverage of a large number of virus families. This volume is also the first of a three- or four-volume set providing complete coverage of herpesviruses. Following an introductory chapter on taxonomy and classification, this volume deals primarily with Epstein-Barr virus including specific chapter coverage on the epidemiology, biochemistry, and immunology of the virus and associated diseases, as well as the biology of transformed lymphoid cells. Chapters on Marek's disease herpesvirus and Herpesvirus saimiri and ateles complete this initial volume.

This part of the series on herpesviruses is extremely well done. Anyone with an interest in Epstein-Barr virus will find this book falls into the “must have” category. Each of the individual sections is discussed in general with sufficient background to make it of interest to the novice virologist, yet it rapidly details the most recently published works in sufficient detail to appeal to the researcher in this specific area.

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