In the care of pediatric patients, infectious disease makes up over hall of all diagnostic considerations. For this reason the pediatrician, or primary care physician who treats children, must prepare himself or herself with a basic understanding of the infectious processes. In many cases, knowledge of the disease must be applied in the clinical setting with minimal delay. This handbook is designed to provide rapid but detailed reference across the broad area of pediatric infectious disease with much of the information in tabular or protocol form and the main emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. This enlarged second edition of Dr Steele's highly acclaimed, best-selling handbook has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes new information on dosage adjustments for neonates based on recent pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data, details of the many new classes of antiviral agents, and a completely revised chapter on AIDS in children. In addition, two new chapters have been added, one on travel medicine and the other reviewing current prophylactic antimicrobial therapy.