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I sometimes have the impression that persons requesting advice about infectious diseases think that physicians in this specialty have a secret repository of information from which diagnoses and therapeutic recommendations are pulled like rabbits from a hat. Dr. Welsby, a consultant in infectious diseases in Edinburgh, remembering his own frustrations in learning the "infectious disease trade," has written an "unashamedly clinical introduction" for the benefit of students and house officers.
The format is fairly traditional. There is an introduction to basic principles of host defenses, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of infections, followed by a review of the major groups of microorganisms,
Infectious Diseases.. Ann Intern Med. ;97:804. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-804_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(5):804.
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