Since the availability and use of antimicrobial agents vary widely in different countries, no one book has universal applicability. The following are among the most authoritative general texts in the English language:
Kucers A, Crowe SM, Grayson ML, and Hoy JF. The use of antibiotics: a clinical review of antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral drugs, 5th edn. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 1997.
O'Grady FW, Lambert HP, Finch RG, and Greenwood D. Antibiotic and chemotherapy: anti-infective agents and their use in therapy, 7th edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1997.
Yu VL, Merigan TC, and Barriere SL (eds). Antimicrobial therapy and vaccines. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1999.
An indispensable guide to the use of all therapeutic drugs for practitioners in the UK is provided by:
British National Formulary. British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (revised twice yearly; also available as an electronic version).
Antiviral agents and the chemotherapy of viral infections are covered in:
Challand R and Young RJ. Antiviral chemotherapy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997.
Galasso GJ, Whitley RJ, and Merigan TC (eds). Antiviral agents and human viral diseases. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1997.
Jeffries DJ and De Clercq E (eds). Antiviral chemotherapy. Wiley, Chichester, 1995.
The treatment of diseases caused by protozoa and helminths is dealt with in:
Abdi YA, Gustafsson LL, Ericsson O, and Hellgren U (eds). Handbook of drugs for tropical parasitic infection (2nd edn). Routledge, London, 1996.
Bruce-Chwatt LJ (ed.) Chemotherapy of malaria. WHO, Geneva, 1986.
Campbell WC and Rew RS (eds). Chemotherapy of parasitic diseases. Plenum Press, New York, 1986.
James DM and Gilles HM. Human antiparasitic drugs: pharmacology and usage. Wiley, Chichester, 1985.
Peters W. Chemotherapy and drug resistance in malaria. Academic Press, London, 1987.
The World Health Organization issues a wide variety of publications and offers them at a preferential rate to developing countries. Among useful WHO publications on antimicrobial therapy are several in the Model Prescribing Information and Technical Report series:
Drugs used in mycobacterial diseases, 1991.
Drugs used in parasitic diseases (2nd edn), 1995.
Drugs used in sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection, 1995.
Drugs used in skin diseases, 1997.
The use of essential drugs. 8th report of WHO Expert Committee. Technical Report Series 882, 1998.
Chemotherapy of leprosy. Technical Report Series 847, 1994.
Practical chemotherapy of malaria. Technical Report Series 805, 1990.
The WHO Essential Drugs and other Medicines Department maintains an Essential Drug Monitor website athttp://www.who.int/dap/edmonitor.html
Books dealing with the chemistry and mode of action of antimicrobial agents include:
Dax SL. Antibacterial chemotherapeutic agents. Blackie Academic, London, 1997.
Franklin TJ and Snow GA. Biochemistry and molecular biology of antimicrobial drug action (5th edn). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1998.
Gale EF, Cundliffe E, Reynolds PE, Richmond MH, and Waring MJ. The molecular basis of antibiotic action (2nd edn). Wiley, Chichester, 1981.
Glasby JS. Encyclopaedia of antibiotics (3rd edn). Wiley, Chichester, 1993.
Greenwood D and O'Grady F (eds). The scientific basis of antimicrobial chemotherapy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985.
Lancini G, Parenti F and Gallo G-C. Antibiotics: a multidisciplinary approach. Plenum, New York, 1995.
Russell AD and Chopra I. Understanding antibacterial action and resistance (2nd edn). Ellis Horwood, Chichester, 1996.
Williams RAD, Lambert PA, and Singleton P. Antimicrobial drug action. Î˛ios Scientific Publishers, Oxford, 1996.
Laboratory aspects of antimicrobial therapy are dealt with in:
Lorian V (ed). Antibiotics in laboratory medicine (4th edn). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 1996.
Reeves DS, Wise R, Andrews JM, and White LO (eds). Clinical antimicrobial assays. British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999.
Aspects of antimicrobial drug resistance are dealt with in:
Amabile-Cuevas CF (ed). Antibiotic resistance: from molecular basics to therapeutic options. Chapman and Hall, London, 1997.
Chadwick DJ, Goode, J (eds). Antibiotic resistance: origins, evolution, selection and spread. Wiley, Chichester, 1997.
Harrison J, Lederberg J (eds). Antimicrobial resistance: issues and options. National Academy Press, Washington, 1998.
Hayes JD, Wolf CR (eds). Molecular genetics of drug resistance. Harwood Academic, London, 1998.
Report of House of Lords Select Committee. Resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents. Stationery Office, London, 1998.
Report. Microbial antibiotic resistance in relation to food safety. Stationery Office, London, 1999.
Richman DD (ed). Antiviral drug resistance. Wiley, Chichester, 1996.
Standing Medical Advisory Committee Report. The path of least resistance. Department of Health/Public Health Laboratory Service, London, 1998.
The member states of the European Union and some other countries participate in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System, which maintains a website at http://www.earss.rivm.nl/ The WHO maintains a web page on Anti-infective drug resistance athttp://www.who.int/emc/amr.html with links to other sites, including their Antimicrobial resistance information bank and the WHONETsoftware developed for the collection and analysis of antimicrobial susceptibility test results in developing countries.
Comprehensive monographs on antimicrobial agents are to be found in large reference texts on drugs including:
Dollery C (ed). Therapeutic drugs (2nd edn). Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1999.
Reynolds JEF (ed). Martindale: the extra pharmacopoeia (32nd edn). Pharmaceutical Press, London, 1999. (Also available online.)
Books providing a valuable insight into the use and abuse of antimicrobial agents in developing countries include:
Chetley A. A healthy business? World health and the pharmaceutical industry. Zed Books, London, 1990.
Chetley A. Problem drugs. Health Action International and Zed Books, London, 1995.
Papers dealing with aspects of the of use antimicrobial drugs appear in numerous journals. English language journals specifically devoted to antibiotics and antimicrobial therapy include:
Antibiotics and Chemotherapy
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Antiviral Chemistry and Chemotherapy
International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Journal of Antibiotics
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Journal of Chemotherapy.