April 6, 1935

Poliomyelitis: A Handbook for Physicians and Medical Students Based on a Study of the 1931 Epidemic in New York City

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By John F. Landon, M.D., Attending Physician, Willard Parker Hospital, New York, N. Y., and Lawrence W. Smith, M.D., Pathologist, Willard Parker Hospital, New York, N. Y. With a section on the Orthopedic After Care of the Disease. By Garry de N. Hough Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O.S., Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children, Springfield, Mass. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 275, with 18 illustrations. New York: Macmillan Company, 1934.

JAMA. 1935;104(14):1272. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760140076041

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The aim of this book is to present a short treatise on the subject of poliomyelitis, chiefly for the physician in practice. While a number of textbooks are available on this subject, few works present the modern developments of the knowledge of this disease in such a comprehensive and compact form. The data presented are recent and carefully evaluated with the background of an exceptionally large clinical and pathologic experience in the epidemic of poliomyelitis that occurred in New York City in 1931. The book treats almost every phase of the subject in a scholarly and impartial manner. The chapter on pathology is particularly lucid and is based on the data obtained from nearly 100 postmortem examinations. The text is well illustrated and contains a valuable list of current bibliographic references. The modern aspects of treatment, such as serum therapy, the use of respirator and after-care, are carefully evaluated from

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