Journal of Infection (2005) 50, 268 Available online 20 July 2004
BOOK REVIEW Cytokines and chemokines in infectious diseases handbook By Kotb and Calandra (eds.), Humana Press, 2003 Cytokine research is one of the fastest growing areas in infectious disease and drug development. This transatlantic volume has attempted to provide a ‘unique and up-to-date reference on the role of cytokines and chemokines, in a variety of human infectious disease’. It largely succeeds in its aims but to this reviewer those aims narrowed the appeal of the book. There is a brief
introductory chapter from one of the world’s foremost authorities on cytokines but the rest of the book is a collection of papers on a selection of infections. This means that there is too much detail for the novice and too little detail for the active researcher unless their specific infection has been selected. There is also significant variation in the style of each chapter with some being an overview of the infection and others more focussed on cytokine aspects. This book is, however, needed and I would like to see a second edition but with a better focus on the expected readership.