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E G Davies, et al. W B Saunders, 2001. (Pp 514; £24.95). ISBN 0-720-2626-3.
After all the books covering different aspects on childhood infections, it may come as a surprise as to the actual usefulness of this second edition of Manual of childhood infections. It could not have been easy to include such a lot of information in only 514 pages.
This book has two main virtues. Firstly, it is practical, as we can see in sections about emerging and re-emerging infections, common presenting symptoms or types of conditions, specific information on each individual infection, public health actions, essential web sites, antibiotic doses, refugees and internationally adopted children, laboratory diagnosis, ancillary and exactly needed tables, and so forth. Secondly, it includes clear written data, issues and descriptions as are only found in classic books.
For people working in the clinical field, it is a great aid to have this revised and updated companion book on the table or in the pocket (although may be it is too wide for that).