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This compact little volume contains a wealth of information gathered from many sources and put together with skill. After a few brief pages on such topics as the sensitivity and resistance of microorganisms to antibiotics and the use of antibiotics in combination, the individual antibiotics and sulfonamides are considered under the following headings: characteristics, pharmaceutical preparations available, dosage, indications, and untoward reactions. The more common infections are considered according to the organ system involved.
In general, the drugs are those that are in common use in this country although, unfortunately, some of the antibiotics that have been recently introduced in this country, such as ristocetin, kanamycin, amphotericin, and dimethylchlortetracycline, have not been included. Occasionally the official names differ. The recommendations coincide with those that would be made in the leading clinics in the United States, except for a few discrepancies. For instance, sulfonamides are recommended by the authors in the
Dowling HF. Antibiotic and Sulphonamide Treatment: A Short Guide for Practitioners. JAMA. 1960;172(16):1871. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020160143028