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August 7, 1967

Hospital Infection, Causes and Prevention

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by R. E. O. Williams, R. Blowers, L. P. Garrod, and R. A. Shooter, ed 2; 386 pp, 16 illus, $9, London: Lloyd-Luke Ltd. (Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc.), 1966.

JAMA. 1967;201(6):494. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130060168037

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This 386-page book, compiling a massive amount of data, includes methods and techniques, advice and admonitions. They represent the long experience and careful observations of a foremost authority in the field of infections. The approach is from the direction of the hospital and its duty in protecting the uninfected patient from infection by the hospital environment.

The book, well organized, gives introductory factual information about the epidemiology of hospital infection and the types of infection encountered in temperate zones of the world. Much of these data result from original work of the authors and the remainder has been gleaned from a carefully selected, though comprehensive, bibliography. The second half of the volume describes in a condensed, but fully informative, fashion the best currently available methods and techniques for controlling hospital infections, emphasizing particularly the prevention of spread. The methods of handling materials and equipment used in the operating suite and