Chiefly for herpes sufferers with a scientific orientation. Knowledge can remove the fear and stigma of the disease, Freudberg appropriately stresses, and some indeed may welcome this degree of detail (""modern virology has been able to determine that all viruses consist of a capsid, or coating comprised of protein molecules, and a core made up of genetic material. . .""). In similar fashion, Freudberg covers the nature of an epidemic (""from the Greek epi meaning. . .""); the immune system; the psychological dimension (with, in this case, some helpful examples of how sufferers have told others they have the problem); and possible complications (keratitis, encephalitis). The section on ""Fighting Back,"" though skimpy, wisely concentrates on stress management and proper nutrition (no gimmicks or special hints--just aim at a balanced, low-processed-food intake). Unexceptionable, then--but those who primarily need a calm, rational outlook, combined with specific comfort measures, will find Oscar Gillespie's Herpes: What to Do When You Have It (p. 775) absolutely the best.