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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Jerry D. Smilack, MD
JAMA. 1991;266(22):3204. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470220120046.
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"What a gem this book is!" I wrote when reviewing the first edition of Sexually Transmitted Diseases six years ago, and I must repeat it now in reviewing the second edition. I cannot conceive of any way to improve upon this text.

The editors have added 30 chapters (especially on human immunodeficiency virus infection) and entreated their panel of 141 authors (whose names read like a Who's Who of infectious diseases) to revise or rewrite all the other chapters. The result is a magnum opus that is at once authoritative, readable, and useful.

Organization and content are excellent. First-rate introductory chapters on the history of epidemiology lead into well-documented and referenced material on behavioral and social aspects of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). How teenage sexual practices, homosexuality, and prostitution have had influence is convincingly described. A brief section on normal anatomy and physiology of the male and female genitalia also


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