Five years ago, when a practitioner sought information concerning an infected patient, he had only one or two sources to turn to. He could refer to one of the standard textbooks of medicine or pediatrics, or he could seek additional information from a small number of texts on infectious diseases. The recent appearance of a number of reference books has changed the situation remarkably.
This reviewer had the opportunity to review one of the first of the new generation of infectious disease texts in 1976. At that time, the first edition of The Biologic and Clinical Basis of Infectious Diseases filled a need. Here was a book that was oriented to the medical student trying to relate facts learned in microbiology class to the patients he was seeing in the ward. This emphasis remains unchanged in the revised edition. The authors—almost all from Northwestern University Medical School—focus on most