Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Salem Health: Infectious Diseases and Conditions

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Salem Health: Infectious Diseases and Conditions

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Salem Health: Infectious Diseases and Conditions. Ed. by H. Bradford Hawley. Salem Health. Ipswich, Mass.: Salem, 2011. 3 vols. alkaline $395 (ISBN: 978-1-58765-776-4). Online access included with purchase of print.

This is the first edition of this title. Salem Health: Infectious Diseases and Conditions is written for the non-specialist. The essays are written by medical professionals. Salem Health: Infectious Diseases and Conditions alphabetically arranges 650 essays covering all aspects of infectious diseases and their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The essays also offer historical and technical background with discussions of discoveries, developments, and prognoses. Essays range from the common, such as influenza, to the rare, such as necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh eating bacteria. This work also includes essays reflecting the global reach of infectious diseases. It does this by exploring such topics as "emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, developing countries, epidemics and pandemics, endemic diseases, tropical medicine, globalization, neglected tropical diseases, water quality and treatment, sanitation, and travel" (ix). Over two hundred black and white photographs help illustrate the text.

Essays, which range in length from one to five pages, begin with ready reference top matter. Helpful information at the end of each entry is contained in "Further Reader," which lists sources, often with annotations, and "Web Sites of Interest," which provides a list of authoritative websites. Sidebars are also included in many of the entries. The sidebars contain key terms and facts, newsworthy topics, and questions to ask your health care provider.

A special feature of Salem Health: Infectious Diseases and Conditions is the nine appendixes at the end of volume three. Two that stand out are the glossary, which provides hundreds of definitions of commonly used scientific and medical term, and an annotated websites appendix, which reflects the importance of the Internet to general education in infectious diseases. …

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