The new edition of this book has been extensively revised and much improved. It is very up to date; 44 new antimicrobial agents are discussed. Many chapters have been entirely rewritten, and there are several new chapters. Notable among the latter is a chapter on the laboratory control of antibiotic therapy.
The book has four major sections. First, there is a comprehensive discussion of each antimicrobial agent. The new tetracyclines, carbenicillin, gentamicin, and rifampin are included. There is an excellent discussion of antibiotic resistance and its mechanisms. The second section covers general principles of therapy. The third section, devoted to specific diseases, subspecialties, and different regions of the body, includes chapters on venereal diseases and antiviral chemotherapy. The book concludes with an outstanding discussion of laboratory methods used in the management of infectious diseases with antibiotics.
This is an excellent book. The British vernacular is rarely annoying, while the British