Welcome to my blog.  Wow, that has been a long time coming!  I have wanted to do this for a long time. Writing a book is great but it can be partially outdated by the time it is published.  There is always at least some lag time from writing to editing to publishing.  (That being said, I must give “props” to Data Trace as they have been incredible to work with and the lag time from when I finished writing and editing to the publication of the 3rd Edition of the Handbook can be measured in weeks instead of months as in the past).  The flow of new information in the field of lower extremity infectious diseases progresses rapidly and, when strictly dealing with a published book, there is no convenient way to update it nearly quickly enough since years elapse between revisions. I have always wanted a way to communicate new information as efficiently as possible.  Yes, I still lecture all over the country and include the latest data in those talks but only a relatively small number of interested parties actually ever attend a formal lecture.  A website dedicated to lower extremity infectious diseases (LEID) along with an updateable blog seems to be the most convenient way to reach the greatest number with the most up to date information.

When I originally approached Data Trace about updating the book, I was probably more interested in a Web presence as I was an actual published 3rd Edition.  The decision was made to do both since they are unique and valuable in their own rights.  Of course, I may already be behind the technology 8-ball with something as prosaic as a website and blog.  I guess I could start “tweeting” to really get things out there quickly, but anyone who knows me realizes I have trouble saying “hello” in the 140 characters Twitter gives you so I don’t see how it could help get out scientific information!  Who knows, maybe that is the next step…we’ll see.

Now down to business.  As I envision it, the purpose of this blog is to give me the ability to disseminate new data, information, reviews and thought leader opinions in the area of LEID.  It also gives me the ability to communicate with anyone throughout the world who may have a question or problem dealing with a LE infection.  The whole idea of this blog is to be interactive.  I want to hear others’ thoughts and ideas!  This is what will make it intellectually stimulating and fun for me and, hopefully, valuable to those monitoring the site.

Although purchase of the 3rd Edition of the Handbook of Lower Extremity Infections is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and desirable, it was agreed that this blog should be open to all comers and not just those who have purchased the book.  While revising the book I reviewed every word to make sure it was still current.  Changes were made where necessary, some extensive, such as an entirely new chapter on MRSA.  I will give more specifics about the update in a future posting.

Thanks for reading my initial post.  Please become an active participant!

Warren S. Joseph, DPM, FIDSA