Handbook of Leprosy

3rd edition, by W. H. Jopling. 145 pages, illustrated. William Heinemann Medical Books Ltd., 23 Bedford Square, London, WC1. 1984. 7.95 pounds

Chapman H. Binford Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C. 20306

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Infectious Diarrheal Diseases: Current Concepts and Laboratory Procedures” edited by Paul D. Ellner is a timely collection of separate articles about the major bacterial, parasitic, and viral enteric pathogens. Its principal focus is on the microbiology of these agents and on diagnostic laboratory tests, with a brief discussion about the clinical syndromes and (in most instances) pathogenesis. Each article is written by a recognized expert in the respective field. The strength of this collection is that it provides a reasonably concise review of laboratory methods in this rapidly changing field for the clinical microbiology laboratory. Its weaknesses lie in lack of a cohesive synthesis from the point of view of the syndromes as they present to a clinician, and from the inherent difficulties of staying current in a rapidly moving field.