Editors: W. Michael Scheld, MD, Richard J. Whitley, MD, and Christina M. Marra, MD
: Wolters Kluwer | Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins – 907 pages
Book Review by
: Nano Khilnani

This one of the most authoritative, comprehensive, insightful, and most recently updated texts available on the subject of diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). This is because the content in it has been provided by some of the top experts in this field in the world.

Ninety specialists, most of them physicians, in the areas of – epidemiology, infectious (including bacterial) diseases, neurology, neurointensive care, and neurosurgery, as well as immunology, internal medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, parasitology, pediatrics, pharmacology, radiology, vaccines, and virology – in the United States and Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Malawi, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Vietnam authored or contributed content to the 51 chapters of this book.

The range of diseases and subjects covered in this book is extensive, but the chapters are grouped together for better planning of your studies with these 10 Parts:

  1. Approach to the Patient and Diagnostic Evaluation
  2. Viral Infections and Related Disorders
  3. Bacterial and Mycoplasmal Infections
  4. Central Nervous System Syndromes Mediated by Bacterial Toxins
  5. Spirochetal Infections
  6. Fungal infections
  7. Protozoic and Helminthic Infections
  8. Chronic Meningitis and Meningitis of Noninfective or Uncertain Etiology
  9. Neurosurgical Management
  10. Prevention

Among the nervous system infections you will study in this book of over 900 pages are: acute bacterial meningitis, acute viral myelitis, anaplasmoses, arthropod-borne viral encephalitides, aseptic meningitis, bartonella infections, B-virus, botulism, brain abscess, cat-scratch disease, cerebral malaria, cytomegalovirus, encephalitis, epidural abscess, Epstein-Barr virus, free-living and parasitic amebic infections, fungal meningitis, helminthic infections, herpes simplex virus, human herpes virus-6, human immunodeficiency virus, human prione diseases;

Also: iatrogenic infections, infective endocarditis, Lyme disease, measles, mycoplasmal infections, neuroborreliosis, neurosyphilis, polio, postinfectious encephalomyelitis, Q fever, rickettsioses, rubella, subdural empyema, space-occupying fungal lesions, suppurative intracranial phlebitis, tetanus, toxoplasma gondii, toxoplasmosis, trypanosomiasis, tuberculosis meningitis, ureaplasmal infections, viral meningitis, and Whipple’s Disease.

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These are some of the features of the fourth edition of this book:

  • Every chapter has been extensively revised and updated; nearly half with new authors
  • New chapter on acute encephalitis
  • New clinical information on the treatment of tuberculosis, non-tubercular mycobacterial infections, brain abscess, and Lyme disease
  • New color design and color images
  • Numerous diagrams, figures, illustrations, photographs, and tables demonstrate content
  • Evidence-based references

While the authors put in a lot of effort to make this a highly valuable reference work, it was the expertise and leadership of the editors named below that brought forth this outstanding product.

W. Michael Scheld, MD is the Bayer-Gerald L. Mandell Professor of Infectious Diseases; Professor in the Myles H. Thaler Center for AIDS and Human Retrovirus Research; Professor of Medicine; Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery; and Director of the Pfizer Initiative in International Health at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Richard J. Whitley, MD is Distinguished University Professor; Loeb Scholar in Pediatrics; and Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama.

Christina M. Marra, MD is Professor of Neurology, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine (infectious Diseases) at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.