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May 15, 1937

La diphtérie

JAMA. 1937;108(20):1742-1743. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780200064038

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In the present day a treatise on diphtheria is not likely to attract wide attention. The literature is voluminous and the average physician undoubtedly feels that he has a satisfactory knowledge of the disease. Carrière, however, has presented the subject in a remarkably complete and concise manner. One can readily appreciate when reading this book that the author's thirty-five years' experience has permitted him to discuss phases of diphtheria which are not mentioned in the average textbook. The gravity of diphtheria when associated with streptococcic infection receives comment. It is also asserted that measles and scarlet fever lessen immunity to diphtheria. The author has observed tracheobronchial diphtheria only three times in a period of thirty years but states that bronchopneumonia was noted in four fifths of the necropsies (diphtheria) in infantile clinics from 1900 to 1925. Saturation of the atmosphere about diphtheria patients with antiseptic vapors is recommended. With regard

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