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July 11, 1942

Handbook of Communicable Diseases

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By Franklin H. Top, A.B., M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Communicable Diseases and Epidermiology, Herman Kiefer Hospital and Detroit Department of Health, Detroit, and Collaborators. Cloth. Price, $7.50. Pp. 682, with 83 illustrations, including 10 color plates. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1941.

JAMA. 1942;119(11):915. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830280061029

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Textbooks dealing with communicable diseases often fail to give the reader a broad view of the public health aspects of these disorders. The tendency is rather to adhere to the presentation of clinical data and their discussion. This may be the reason why the medical student and many practicing physicians fail to acquire an adequate knowledge of the public health connotations of communicable disorders. This book has combined the clinical aspects of communicable disease with the epidemiologic. For example, in the discussion of pneumococcic pneumonia there is an excellent presentation of the clinical aspects of the disease together with much important epidemiologic information. It is pointed out that certain types of pneumococci are much more frequent in healthy family contacts than in the population at large. This has but recently been made known to public health workers and is of more significance to them than to the general practitioner. Sufficient

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