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October 21, 1961

Clinical Application of Antibiotics. Vol. II: Streptomycin and Other Antibiotics Active Against Tuberculosis

JAMA. 1961;178(3):357-358. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040420097046

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Dr. Florey has undertaken a tremendous task in compiling this second volume in his series in the clinical application of antibiotics. He divides the book into 3 major sections.

The first section (Chapters 1-3) deals with the use of streptomycin in human ( nontuberculous ) infections. It includes an excellent summary of its pharmacologic properties. Conclusions at the end of this section are terse and clear. The section is superbly written and the author's own important personal opinions and conclusions are well documented. It is the most valuable portion of the volume, and every student and physician should have the kind of knowledge which it includes.

The second section (Chapters 4-7) is concerned with the use of streptomycin as treatment for tuberculosis in all body systems. As evidenced by the bibliography, most of the information reviewed apparently was written before 1955. Present-day recommendations about drug therapy for the disease are not clearly

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