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Clinical Approach to Infection in the Compromised Host.

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Edited by Rubin Robert H., Young Lowell S.. . 656 pages. Plenum Medical Book Company; , New York, and London: , 1981.. $59.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(3):470. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-97-3-97-3-470_1
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There is an ever-increasing group of patients with major defects in host-defense mechanisms secondary to aggressive and innovative treatments for malignancy, marrow failure, collagen diseases, and organ transplantation. Infection has become a major cause of death for such patients rather than their primary illnesses. This book brings together a wealth of information on the medical and surgical management of the immunocompromised patient. Although there are chapters devoted to defects in host-defense mechanisms and the epidemiology and prevention of infection in compromised patients with such infections, most of the 17 chapters are oriented to problems.

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