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In the preface it is stated that, "whilst it would be too much to expect that those with great experience of the subject would agree with all the views expressed, the latter at least ought to form a reasonable guide for the beginner until adequate observation has enabled him to form his own opinions." It seems strikingly apparent throughout the fifteen chapters comprising this volume that the foundations for beliefs are built of personal experience. Yet one cannot help but feel that the superb teachings of Ker have exerted a profound influence on the concepts in the text.
There is little discussion regarding individual patients or series of cases which are likely to be recorded in a contagious disease hospital and with which the medical superintendent would be familiar. Statistics are surprisingly few. For the most part the opinions expressed are sound and practically identical with those adhered to in
The Acute Infectious Fevers: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners. JAMA. 1947;135(5):316–317. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890050056027