The Textbook of Human Virology is an attempt to gather in one volume basic information about the biology of viruses and the diseases they cause. The authors of the 40 chapters form an international group, some widely known because of their work in virology and others relatively new to this field.
The first several chapters of this volume, which exceeds 1,000 pages, cover the fundamental concepts of virus structure, replication, transmission, immunology, and pathogenesis. Sections on diagnostic virology and antiviral chemotherapy follow. The majority of the text, nearly 750 pages, is devoted to specific viruses or groups of viruses and their unique characteristics. Many of the less common viruses, such as the hemorrhagic fevers, Bunyavirus, Nairovirus, the human papilloma viruses, togavirus, and rabies, are included. These chapters use a standard format, which includes history, basic virology, epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, clinical manifestations, and management. The final few pages are used for