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Fast Facts—Sexually Transmitted Infections.
  1. T G Stammers
  1. General Practitioner, Merton Park, London, UK

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    By Ann Edwards, Jackie Sherrard, and Jonathan Zenilman. (Pp 104; £12.00.) Health Press, 2001. ISBN 1-899541-04-7.

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    In a month when all GPs in my area have been notified of an epidemic of syphilis in London, the publication of this book could not be more timely.

    There has long been a need for a concise, affordable, accessible, and accurate textbook on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for non-specialists in genitourinary medicine and this volume fills the gap perfectly. The clear, sharp, and relevant photographs and illustrations are an added bonus and the tables such as those of causes of vaginal discharge and genital ulceration are exemplary in their clarity and comprehensiveness. Relevant aspects of dermatology and even psychiatry are briefly considered where appropriate.

    Three opening chapters on aetiology of STIs, taking a sexual history and counselling approaches, are followed by chapters dealing with STIs causes by bacterial, viral, and other organisms in turn. For once a correct balance (in terms of their respective incidence in the UK) is shown between coverage of HIV and non-HIV STIs. Other chapters are problem oriented and consider such commonly presenting conditions as urethritis and pelvic inflammatory disease. Comprehensive treatment guidelines for both the UK and USA conclude the book.

    As STIs continue to rise in the UK, this text will prove an indispensable ready reference guide for paediatricians, physicians, GPs, gynaecologists, dermatologists, and surgeons. I will add my copy to the other three essential reference books on my surgery desk.

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    • The reviewers have been asked to rate these books in terms of four items: readability, how up to date they are, accuracy and reliability, and value for money, using simple four point scales. From their opinions we have derived an overall “star” rating: * = poor, ** = reasonable, *** = good, **** = excellent.

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