Infectious Diseases of Children and Adults: A Step-By-Step Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

by Larry K. Pickering and Herbert L. DuPont. xvii + 716 pages, illustrated. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Health Sciences Division, Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025. 1986. $35.00

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  • Department of Comprehensive Medicine, University of South Florida, Box 56 Tampa, Florida 33612

This is an excellent introductory text on infectious diseases. It is concise, very clearly written and arranged in a logical order of progression. It strikes me as being intended for the primary care resident, although the primary care physician and the senior medical student should both find it a useful text. It is not encyclopedic and is meant to be read. It does have a good index and will serve as a reference text. The illustrations are good and there are many excellent tables that help summarize information as well as put it into a broader context. There are also a number of flow charts that seem well thought out and deserve special mention.

It is a North American text. The representation of infections and the emphasis on each reflects the importance that the infection has in the practice of infectious disease treatment in the United States.

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