In its new edition, this virology textbook undertakes its traditional task of presenting the field of medical virology to the practitioner and student of medicine, an assignment which becomes increasingly difficult with each edition. The book is organized in nine sections. The first, occupying about a quarter of the whole, treats certain general subjects such as morphology, statistics, cell culture, and the biochemistry of virus infection. The second, a slim but potentially enlightening section, discusses "common clinical syndromes attributed to viruses," and the next seven, occupying the bulk of the book, take up severally the viruses, Chlamydiae (such as the psittacosis agent), and Rickettsiae. A generously detailed index diminishes whatever organizational problems are introduced by multiple authorship.
By far the most useful portion of the book is that comprised of the last seven sections. Although some chapters, such as that on respiratory syncytial virus, are of lower quality, in general