The second edition of Fields Virology, now in two volumes, is an updated and nearly 50% expanded version of the popular work first published in 1985. There are 90 contributors, over half of whom are new to this edition. The format remains the same, with about 20% devoted to concepts of basic and medical virology and the rest to specific viruses, their biology, and their medical significance. There are new sections on retroviruses, with emphasis on the human immunodeficiency virus and others, and on the herpesviruses, including chapters on cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, human herpesvirus-6, and the cercopithecine herpes or B virus. Chapters on the delta virus and the biochemistry of the agents causing spongiform encephalopathy, written by new contributors, have also been added.
The work by Fields and colleagues is a superbly prepared, comprehensive, well-documented, clearly written presentation of the broad field of virology as it relates to the health