Krugman, S., and Ward, R., INFECTIOUS DISEASES OFCHILDRENANDADULTS Fifth Edition. The C. V. Mosby Company, 1973, 494 pp. $21 .50.
For most peuiairicians inyecrious Diseases of Children and Adults, by Krugman and Ward, is an old friend with a somewhat expanded name.
The new edition, although at first glance appearing to be approximately the same size as its predecessor, is actually greatly expanded over the fourth.
The authors aim to provide succinct information for the practicing physician and have not attempted to produce a comprehensive source book on infec-. tious diseases. They have purposely avoided any inclusion of such topics as malaria, yellow fever, the leptospiroses, and various mycotic infections. They have added extensive material on gonorrhea, syphilis, and tuberculosis that was not found in the previous edition.
Most of the chaptershavebeen extensively updated. This is particularly true of the one on viral hepatitis, as this topic has undergone extensive changes in thinking since the discovery of the Australian antigen.
Two additional new features are a chapter entitled "Immunization-Indications and Procedures' and an appendix listing antimicrobial drugs and their doses, indications, and contraindications in chart form. Both are excellent, and the latter especially enhances the book as a reference source.
This valuable text continues to provide excellent material in a lucid, enjoyable form. The many advances in this field during the past five years demand that the fourth edition be replaced on your shelf with this version.