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March 11, 1916

The Treatment of Acute Infectious Diseases.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(11):835. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580370055035

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In his preface, the author says that this book must be looked on as an expression of his individual opinion, and that it is didactic rather than critical. The book, for the most part, conveys this impression, and the reader feels that he is receiving the benefit of the advice of one who has been an acute and skilful observer of much clinical material. The author has evidently tried to make his treatment appeal to the intelligence of the reader, and he has made every effort to explain why certain things are done under certain conditions. Numerous errors, due to careless proofreading, are to be noted, as on page 499, "The duration averaged 14.44%"; page 274, "milk of magnesiae," etc. There are some errors in chemical formulas. These, of course, will be corrected in a new edition. The disinfection advised after the various contagious diseases is sometimes quite extreme as

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