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October 23, 1954

Principles and Practice of Antibiotic Therapy

JAMA. 1954;156(8):799. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950080047024

This new book provides broader coverage of the subject and brings up-to-date its predecessor, "Antibiotic Therapy," by Welch and Lewis. The senior author of the former publication has prepared the new book in collaboration with 16 other authorities. The new book consists of three parts. The first deals with historical, developmental, microbiological, pharmacological, and pharmaceutical aspects of the antibiotics, including a chapter on their synergism, antagonism, and hormesis. The second part discusses clinical uses according to various types of infection; the third part, according to the specialties of ophthalmology, pediatrics, oral surgery, and dentistry. The first part includes much detailed information on the commercially available forms of antibiotics. Some of this pertains to regulatory aspects of government certification of antibiotics that are well known to the author as Director of the Division of Antibiotics, Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. However, the usefulness of

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