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August 26, 1961

Progress in Medical Virology. Vol. 3

JAMA. 1961;177(8):586. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040340050017

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Abstract

The essays in this third volume are devoted to serodiagnosis (Schmidt and Lennette); overwintering of arthropodborne virus (Reeves); fluorescent antibody methods (Poetschke); the search for antiviral drugs (Herrmann); Coxsackie and ECHO viruses (Gelfand); live virus vaccines for poliomyelitis, mumps, and measles ( Smorodintsev ); viruses and congenital malformations ( Blattner and Heys ); and viral leukemia ( Dmochowski).

All are excellent and each includes long and well-chosen bibliographies. The chapter on serodiagnosis is a review of recent advances, and regrettably lacks a discussion of the usefulness of various methods in terms of particular diseases, something the authors might easily have provided from their own experience. Similarly, the chapter on chemotherapy is concerned with methodology and the difficulties in screening and judging the usefulness of drugs through laboratory tests, but is silent on the effectiveness of known preparations. Dr. Gelfand's chapter is unusually complete and scholarly. His discussion of the ecologic problems of enteric viruses is

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