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Best books on infectious diseases: a personal choice

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6929.667 (Published 05 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:667
  1. A Nicoll,
  2. D Nathwam
  • Accepted 11 April 1994

Books for the generalist

  • The Oxford Textbook of Medicine. 2nd edn. Ed D J Weatherall, J G G Ledingham, D A Warrell. (pounds sterling 130, two volumes.) Oxford University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-19-261551-3.

  • Forfar and Arneil's Textbook of Paediatrics. 4th edn. Ed A G M Campbell, N McIntosh. (pounds sterling 130.) Churchill Livingstone, 1992. ISBN 0-443-04193-8.

  • Immunisation Against Infectious Disease. 1992 edn. Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. (pounds sterling 5.50.) (An individual copy is sent free to general practitioners.) HMSO, 1992. ISBN 0-11- 321515-0.

  • Diagnostic Picture Texts in Infectious Diseases. R T D Edmond, H A K Rowland. (pounds sterling 8.50.) Wolfe, 1987. ISBN 0-7234-0927-7.

  • Manual on Infections and Immunisations in Children. 2nd edn. British Paediatric Association. (pounds sterling 12.50.) Blackwell, 1991. ISBN 0- 19-262118-1.

  • Control of Communicable Diseases in Man. 15th edn. Ed A S Benenson. (pounds sterling 16.95.) American Public Health Association, 1990. ISBN 0-87553-170-9.

  • Health Advice for Travellers. Department of Health and Central Office of Information. Free on request. Form T4, March 1993. Obtainable by phoning the health literature line - 0800 555 777.

Most large textbooks of general medicine have a chapter on infectious diseases. The Oxford Textbook of Medicine remains one of the most comprehensive reference textbooks of internal medicine. The infection section (640 pages) is by far the largest in the textbook. Reflecting the interest of David Warrell, …

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