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In Infectious, Bowden (Australian National Univ., Canberra) discusses various infectious diseases from a physician's perspective. He examines epidemics historically, defends the scientific method throughout his narrative, highlights concerns for the inappropriate use of antibiotics, and warns that because some diseases are not caused by an infectious agent, treatments may hurt more than help. Thirteen chapters are organized into three parts: "The Age of Infections," "The end of the Age of Antibiotics," and "First do no harm." The author writes in an easy-to-read style and is adept at integrating his personal experiences as a physician with the evidence that comes from scientific inquiry. This informative book includes a discussion of global health issues, identifies some myths of medical science, and focuses attention on the self-misdiagnosis of infectious diseases that has become more commonplace with internet use. The text includes notes for each chapter, various sources (medical research papers and reviews, official information, fact sheets, web pages, news, and books), and a glossary. Bowden includes examples and interesting scenarios to keep readers engaged throughout the text. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers. --Delia Castro Anderson, MCPHS University
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