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October 19, 1940

Virus Diseases of Man

JAMA. 1940;115(16):1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810420083034

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This is the most complete monograph on the virus diseases of man that has yet appeared. It includes descriptions of the technic of virus study including microscopy, staining, filtering, centrifugation and culture. Moreover it furnishes an extraordinary monument to the rapid development of knowledge of viruses and reflects the speed with which scientific progress can outstrip formal instruction. The study of viruses and the treatment of the diseases which they cause is developing so rapidly that any book of this nature will require frequent revising for some time to come. Thus even in this new book only a single sentence is devoted to sulfanilamide in trachoma. No textbook, however, can hope to keep pace with all advances and this scarcely seems a valid criticism. The Edinburgh authors have prepared an invaluable reference book for those whose field of professional activity crosses at any point the large group of diseases caused

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