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Respiratory Infections, 2nd Edition FREE TO VIEW

David L. Dedrick, MD
Chest. 2001;120(1):326. doi:10.1378/chest.120.1.326
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MS Niederman, GA Sarosi, and J. Glassroth, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2001; 620 pp; price $145.00

Drs. Niederman, Sarosi, and Glassroth have scored a strong hit with their new edition of Respiratory Infections. Following a highly logical and systematic format, the editors have compiled a volume containing detailed aspects of pathogenesis, clinical approaches in special populations (eg, solid-organ transplantation, AIDS), specific pathogens, diagnostic methods, therapy, and prevention of respiratory infections. Notably strong aspects of the text include state-of-the-art reviews on the diagnosis of nosocomial pneumonia, nontuberculous mycobacterioses, the laboratory diagnosis of pulmonary infections, and the management of fungal infections. Antibiotic selection is carefully reviewed in a consensus format with special attention to emerging patterns of resistance by important pathogenic organisms. The authors of the specific chapters have done a uniformly excellent job in critically appraising the peer-reviewed literature, and references are up-to-date and voluminous (encompassing > 100 citations for most subjects). None of the chapters could be classified as weak in any important way; however, there is some repetition between chapters. That sort of repetition can be helpful when a chapter is used as a stand-alone review, but makes the text somewhat redundant if read from cover to cover. The “upside” is that despite some repetition, the editors have done their job well in ensuring that the text is consistent from chapter to chapter, a frequent shortcoming of medical books compiled from chapters written by multiple authors.

Respiratory Infections, 2nd Edition will serve mainly as a guide and resource for clinicians managing the diagnosis and treatment of adult patients with lower respiratory tract infections, while several chapters devoted to the pediatric population serve to enhance the value of this edition to a wider audience.

University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM




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