The second edition of Bacterial Infections of Humans is dedicated to Harry A. Feldman, MD, coeditor of the first edition. He died in 1985 and was replaced as coeditor by Philip S. Brachman. Dr Feldman's chapter on meningococcal infections remains essentially intact but has been updated by Robert S. Baltimore.
This text was originally conceived as a companion volume to Viral Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control, and this edition continues in this role. The format of the two volumes is identical, each chapter having 12 units: introduction, historical background, methodology, biological characteristics of the organism, descriptive epidemiology, mechanisms and routes of transmission, pathogenesis and immunity, patterns of host response, control and prevention, unresolved problems, references, and suggested readings.
The book is designed to fill the gap between texts on basic bacteriology and clinical infectious diseases. Part I ("Introduction and Concepts") consists of two chapters, one each by coeditors Evans