October 25, 1884

The Relation of Animal Diseases to the Public Health, and their Prevention.

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By Frank S. Billings, D.V.S., Grad. Vet. Inst. Berlin, etc., etc. N. Y.: D. Appleton & Co. 1884. Pp. 446.

JAMA. 1884;III(17):475. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390660027010

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This is a timely work, inasmuch as public attention has of late been arrested by the recent outbreaks of hog cholera and of pleuro-pneumonia in our own States, and by the wonderful discovery of protection by vaccination against anthrax and even hydrophobia by Pasteur.

The work treats of the Prevention of Diseases but not of their Treatment, which of course makes it valuable to the medical and general public rather than to veterinarians proper.

It is in fact a work which ordinarily intelligent people of all classes of tastes will find instructive, because it opens out topics to which most of them are sadly inattentive.

The great majority of educated men are now quite well informed in such sanitary matters as pertain to house drainage, correct plumbing, ventilation, and the like, because a vast amount of useful literature has been disseminated on these topics.

But as to the true nature

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