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The number of recognized infectious agents continues to grow, and their clinical significance is increasingly complex. Some day molecular biology may provide us with a formula that will simplify the field. Until then we must rely on texts in which experts review antibiotic agents, organisms, and syndromes.
Readers would be helped if the editors enforced a standard format, so that each contributor addressed epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, therapy, immunology, and prevention and control in a uniform way. Reasonable standardization of figures and tables would also be helpful. Because this book is a second edition, with many contributors reappearing, better
Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases.. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:169–170. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-1-169_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(1):169-170.
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