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September 1927

The Conquest of Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;40(3):397-398. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130090146013

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Abstract

This interesting book was written primarily for the laity and general students, with three main purposes in view: (1) to set forth the most recent scientific information concerning the transmissible diseases to the end that these diseases may be controlled or perhaps ultimately eradicated, (2) to make the subject interesting, if possible, to the general reader, and (3) to emphasize the great advances that have been made through scientific methods by comparing the past with the present.

One is impressed with the accuracy and fairness of the contents, as well as with their clarity and simplicity; there is little opportunity for disagreement, and the use of highly technical terms is avoided. Much interest is added by short historical accounts of each disease and by a review of many of the superstitions which arose from ignorance, misunderstanding and religious fanaticism.

Part one consists of a general survey. Part two is devoted

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