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July 18, 1953

Textbook of Virology for Students and Practitioners of Medicine.

JAMA. 1953;152(12):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690120097032

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This textbook covers viral as well as rickettsial infections of both man and animals, with emphasis on human diseases caused by or associated with these agents. The authors have wisely avoided the unsettled formal classification of viruses and rickettsias by grouping the subject matter according to the regional and clinicopathological characteristics of the infections. The first and larger portion of the book is devoted to virus infections and is introduced by a discussion of their fundamental characteristics, response to specific therapy, and laboratory diagnosis. The general biological character of rickettsias is similarly presented to introduce the smaller portion of the text. Discussions of both types of infection are presented under the names of the diseases, a feature that will appeal to medical students and practitioners. The authors present the following aspects of each disease: clinical features, pathology and pathogenesis, epidemiology, properties of the causal agent, immunity, specific treatment, and laboratory

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