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December 26, 1953

The Conquest of Plague: A Study of the Evolution of Epidemiology

JAMA. 1953;153(17):1595. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940340097034

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This book is not a history of plague epidemics or a systematic textbook. It begins with a brief account of traditional beliefs about the cause of plague, then traces the main source of human infection to the ubiquity of rats and fleas. It ends by showing how recent advances in our knowledge of rats and their parasites has led to the conquest of this deadly disease. The author, who has had long experience with this disease in the Middle and Far East, has written in a lucid style that should attract lay persons as well as physicians. The book is comprehensive and contains an adequate bibilography at the end of each of its four parts. Four appendixes give technical information considered too detailed for the main text. There is an author index and a subject index.

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