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Tuberculosis and the Tubercle Bacillus

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DOI: 10.3201/eid1108.050611
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letters.qxp BOOK REVIEWS molecular systematics terminology and explains how phylogenetic rela- tionships among species are inferred from molecular data. I wish every tra- ditional taxonomist and systematist would read this chapter. This book contains a few mis- spellings (e.g., the chapter title in the Table of Contents, Chapter 46), but no major errors. Its only weakness seems to be one of disunity. The title doesn’t match the book’s content, and the text is so comprehensive that it seems unfocused. There are chapters on chemical and genetic control of vec- tors, cell culture, and even research safeguards for transgenic mosquitoes. How these fit under the title biology of vectors was difficult to discern. Perhaps in future editions, the chief editor could split the book into sever- al separate volumes, each with a more appropriate title. Nevertheless, this book is an indis- pensable reference and a wonderful treasure trove of information about medical entomology. Its only flaws are organizational, not factual. The chief editor, section editors, and authors are to be congratulated on this scholarly work. Jerome Goddard*† *Mississippi Department of Health, Jackson, Mississippi, USA; and †University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA Address for correspondence: Jerome Goddard, Mississippi Department of Health, 570 East Woodrow Wilson, Jackson, MS 39215, USA; fax 601-576-7632; email: [email protected] Tuberculosis and the Tubercle Bacillus Steward T. Cole, Kathleen Davis Eisenach, David N. McMurray, and William R. Jacobs Jr, editors ASM Press, Washington, DC ISBN: 1-55581-295-3 Pages: 584; Price: US $125.95 Mycobacterial infections, includ- ing tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy, are bacterial diseases of global impor- tance. An estimated 2 billion people are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Control of TB is compli- cated by its ease of transmission, dif- ficulty in administering the long- course chemotherapy regimens, and subsequent ap

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