Arch Virol (2005) 150: 2181–2182
Y. Kawaoka, (ed.): Options for the Control of Inﬂuenza V. Elsevier Interna-
tional Congress Series 1263, 850pp, hardcover, Elsevier Publ. Co., Amsterdam
2004. IBSN: 0-444-51639-5. 174.00; $257.00 257.00
This weighty volume contains the Proceedings of the International Conference on Options
for the control of Inﬂuenza V, held in Okinawa, Japan, October 7–11, 2003.
I attended the ﬁrst of this series of conferences which was held in Keystone, Colorado
in 1985, since when the ﬁeld has expanded enormously. Back in 1985 we were somewhat
obsessed with working out the details of inﬂuenza virus replication. So it is interesting that
only 3 of the approximately 200 contributions to this volume come under the heading of
“replication”, whereas there are 36 contributions in the section titled vaccines, and 45 headed
Curiously the book contributions, like the meeting itself, are divided into “Plenary Ses-
sions”, “Oral Presentations” and “Posters”, which means that the reader interested in inﬂuenza
immunology, for example, must visit three different parts of the book to explore this subject.
Most contributions, like papers in a journal, are divided into the sections “Introduction,
Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion”, but there are occasional exceptions which
appear undivided, akin to Short Communications. The standard of the editing is extremely
high, and each contribution concludes with a full reference list which gives full titles and ﬁrst
and last page numbers.
The range of the subject covered can be illustrated by two titles from the section on
Vaccine posters. One is titled “Inﬂuenza vaccination in a Malaysian company: what are costs
and beneﬁts for the employer?”, and another in this section is titled “Reverse genetic primary
demonstrated the function of BM2 protein inﬂuenza B virus”.
The book as a whole contains a vast amount of primary information, much of which
is now probably scattered through numerous journals, but here usefully collected
Faced with such a huge amount of information on inﬂuenza, it seemed hard to believe
Arnold Monto’s comment in the ﬁrst chapter that “Much needs to be done to increase
awareness of the importance of inﬂuenza globally.” Yet that remains a problem facing WHO
and other organizations as we see almost daily the seeds of the next inﬂuenza pandemic
developing in South-East Asia.
Finally, reading about all this work I was reminded of a poem written some 25 years ago
by Ed Kilbourne, in which he speaks as a virion of inﬂuenza (Kilbourne, 1981). The ﬁrst four
“Now you have me – sucrose-banded,
Enveloped and negative-stranded
Spiked and cleaved and slightly dented
Into pieces eight, segmented”.