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February 9, 1952

Bacterial and Virus Diseases: Antisera, Toxoids, Vaccines and Tuberculins in Prophylaxis and Treatment

JAMA. 1952;148(6):499. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930060081031

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One might readily have the impression while reading this book that it was written before the advent of the sulfonamides and antibiotics; yet the original work appeared as late as 1948. It does not describe disease; instead, it discusses prevention and treatment. There is considerable discussion concerning the preparation and usage of a number of biological products, which are either practically unavailable or rarely used. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of condensed information about immunity and procedures for immunization against the bacterial and virus diseases. The final chapter, which deals with historical aspect, contains a series of dates briefly annotated by references to important discoveries and developments in the field of immunity and immunization. Preceding the index at the end of the book are suggestions for further reading. There are six pages of colored plates, three depicting skin tests and the others various organisms. The paper and print are

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