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Virology in Medicine

edited by Henry Rothschild and J. Craig Cohen. xx + 334 pages, illustrated. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016. 1985. $39.95

Charles H. CalisherDivision of Vector-Borne Viral Diseases Centers for Disease Control, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522

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In the preface of this book the editors (and Coordinating Editor C. F. Chapman) state that a panel of the Association of American Medical Colleges “recommends limiting the amount of factual data the students are expected to commit to memory and replacing such data with information.” Therefore, the editors have “cut down on the content of the book by eliminating historical or tangential materials” while “emphasizing the information needed for the effective treatment of patients with virological diseases.” It cannot be the place of a book review to argue, pro or con, such a position. However, the effects of this philosophy are obvious here. Virology in Medicine contains superb chapters, a glossary and an index.