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March 26, 1955

Diagnosis and Treatment of the Acute Phase of Poliomyelitis and Its Complications

JAMA. 1955;157(13):1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950300098032

This book, written by 13 contributors, deals principally, and in adequate detail, with their experiences at Los Angeles County Hospital in the care of respiratory insufficiency in patients with poliomyelitis. It stresses the life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic measures used. It covers the role played by the various specialties. The indications for tracheotomy are well explained. The chapter on detection and care of respiratory difficulty is very well done. The principles advocated apply to other conditions contributing to respiratory distress. The experiences of the group with mechanical apparatus, as well as the equipment itself, is clearly described. The biological and electrolytic changes that occur in the disease are taken up in adequate detail. The experiences of a small county medical society in planning the care of severe poliomyelitis is enlightening. Only a few references are given. This book is a valuable guide for the care of respiratory insufficiency in patients with

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