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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(4):350. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140060032021.
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The editors of this book are internationally respected as leaders in research and education concerning a field that, until recent times, was often scientifically ignored and fraught with misconceptions. They have assembled over 100 authors who also know their subject matter well.

The book is divided into nine parts, including a historical review, behavioral and epidemiologic aspects, normal urogenital tract structure and physiology, specific etiologic agents, approaches to common syndromes as well as special problems, laboratory diagnosis, pharmacology, and control strategies. Many of the chapters contain information of value to the perinatologist, pediatrician, and specialist in adolescent medicine. The individual chapters are generally thorough, appropriately illustrated, and extensively referenced. In addition, many include historical perspectives that I believe to be valuable, both for interest and to better understand the evolution of our present knowledge.

One minor criticism pertains to the appendix, which is a reproduction of the treatment guidelines for


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