This relatively small book is a veritable gold mine of information; it will be valuable to a wide range of individuals with an interest in infections or pharmacology.
The book is divided into two main sections. The first deals with specific antimicrobial agents, their pharmacology, and complications associated with their use. The second portion is concerned with general principles of chemotherapy and management of infections involving various organ systems. The first portion of the book is of more specific value than the second.
As with any extensive compilation of information, there are numerous strong points, areas of weakness, and several discussions which appear contrary to current recommendations. Many of the important points are presented as simple sentences which are of great significance, yet rarely are they stated as succinctly as in this book. For example, in the chapter on sulfonamides, "the differences between sulfonamides in antibacterial activity are generally not