Soon after the appearance of the first edition of Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases (PPID) in 1979, it became, in the opinion of most infectious disease specialists, the standard textbook of the field. In my reviews of the first edition, the only criticism of substance that I had was the two-volume format. With frequent use over the years, my objections to the two-volume format have grown. This frustrating and inconvenient flaw, along with a few other minor ones, has been corrected in the second edition.
Despite the reduction to a single volume, the second edition of PPID has more words and illustrations than the first. The application of modern printing technology has made possible the production of a work of mammoth proportions (1,760 pages, including index) in a single volume that does not seem excessively bulky. The type is quite small, but the quality of printing is excellent, yielding