Now in its fourth edition, this series may well be the best of its genre: the annual hardbound collection of review articles dealing with timely topics in infectious diseases. Maintaining the quality of its predecessors, this volume offers practical guidelines in such controversial areas as the use of oral antimicrobial agents for osteomyelitis, the role of echocardiography in endocarditis, and the duration of necessary absenteeism for hospital employees recovering from infectious illnesses. Most infectious disease consultants will want to own the entire series, and general internists will want access to it.
Drs Remington and Swartz preface the first volume (1980) with a pledge to provide a "true update" and charged each contributor with the task of dealing "only with contemporary questions and answers." Subsequent volumes show a tendency toward overly encyclopedic discussions and overly extensive bibliographies (for this volume, approximately 118 references per chapter) for the busy and already knowledgeable