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Emerging Infections 8

Editors: W. Michael Scheld1, Scott M. Hammer2, James M. Hughes3
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Affiliations: 1: Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, Virginia; 2: Division of Infectious Diseases Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons New York, New York; 3: Department of Medicine Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Georgia
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2008

Category: Clinical Microbiology

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This new volume in the series is based on ICAAC and IDSA Symposia on Emerging Infections. It offers an updated review of new and emerging pathogens and infectious diseases, including novel non-SARS coronaviruses, community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, pertussis, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, and many others. The editors are experts in their respective fields of research and are active in the scientific and clinical communities that deal with emerging pathogens. The series is a valuable resource for a wide range of people working in microbiology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, and clinical medicine.

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27 January 2013

At A Glance

Book Description Emerging Infections 4 is the fourth of an annual series of books based on ICAAC Symposia on Emerging Infections. It provides a complete and updated discussion of new and emerging infectious diseases, covering both basic science and clinical topics. The editors are in the forefront of the scientific and clinical communities dealing with emerging pathogens. This book and the series will be valuable to a wide range of people working in microbiology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, and clinical medicine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Description

This is a collection of review articles about diseases which are either newly discovered or reemerging (as Staphylococcus aureus has reemerged as community acquired methicillin resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA)). The book is the eighth in a series on emerging infectious diseases sponsored by the American Society of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

Purpose

The purpose is to present, to a wider audience, sessions on emerging infections presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) or at the annual meetings of the IDSA. The topics vary from those encountered every day (such as CA-MRSA) to the more obscure (to a Western audience) such as the Nipah and Hendra viruses. It is important that these topics be presented to a wider audience, and the book meets the goal.

Audience

It is quite detailed and written at a level appropriate for physicians, especially those with some interest in microbiology, but it also would be appropriate for students with a basic understanding of microbiology. The authors are considered experts in their fields.

Features

Since the book is based upon lectures on emerging infections, it reflects a diversity of topics, ranging from various viruses (non-SARS coronaviruses and parechoviruses, for example), to extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) and other bacterial agents of disease, to, finally, a fascinating article by Ian Lipkin and others on new tools for the rapid identification of unknown or novel infectious agents. Because it is basically a series of essays, readers may pick and choose which are of greatest interest to them. The essays are nicely edited and, stylistically, each feels consistent with a basic format.

Assessment

I very much enjoyed reading the articles in this book, and I was especially impressed by Lipkin's article. I have heard him speak and I am always amazed by what his group has accomplished. This is nicely reflected in his article, which should be read by anyone with an interest in the state of the art of the rapid identification of previously unknown infectious agents. Further editions in the series will continue to be welcomed if the high standards of the writing and editing are maintained.

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Reviewer: Jack Bernstein, MD, Wright State University 

Review Date: Unknown

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