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Challenging Cases in Pediatric Infectious Diseases could not have been
written without support, motivation, encouragement, and help. William
Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital, supported
my efforts and made it possible for me to work off campus where I could
write with little interruption. Lori Lothian, a special person in my life, pro-
vided encouragement and companionship while I was writing in Vancouver.
My children, Lindsey and Thomas, encouraged me to pass on some of what
I have learned “for the children.” Martha Cook, my editor, promised to help
and came through in spades. I thank George Nankervis, MD, PhD; Blaise
Congeni, MD; and John Bower, MD, for permission to use their wonderful
picture collection. Finally, I deeply appreciate Owen Hendley, MD; John
Bower, MD; and Blaise Congeni, MD, for their critical review and keeping
me honest and more importantly, accurate. My gratitude to all.