It is distinctly unusual in 1985 to encounter and review an 854-page reference book written by one author. This is such a volume, one in a series of Comprehensive Manuals in Pediatrics. The book is organized by systems, eg, respiratory, genitourinary, and neurologic infections. In addition, there are special chapters devoted to immunizations, antimicrobial therapy, neonatal infections, infections in immunocompromised hosts, and nosocomial infections.
The text is preceded by four pages of generally excellent color photographs. The remainder of the illustrations, dispersed throughout the book, are in black and white and of highly variable quality. "Scleral icterus" is noted in a color photograph of a patient whose eyes are blocked out for confidentiality. The same photograph appears in black and white later in the text, an unnecessary duplication. We are also told to note jaundice in a black-and-white photograph of an infant with the congenital rubella syndrome. Rashes and Gram's