September 1928

Local Immunization.

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By A. Besredka, translated by Harry Plotz. Price, $3.50. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins Company, 1927.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1928;42(3):454. doi:10.1001/archinte.1928.00020020142019

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This small book is divided in five chapters, Anthrax, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus Infections, Dysentery, and Typhoid Fevers; the last chapter is devoted to a discussion of theory.

The chapter on anthrax is the best of the group. The experimental evidence is most convincing. The staphylococcus is next in order of completeness. The chapters on dysentery and on typhoid are not so thoroughly treated. "Bilivaccin" pills that are used so extensively in oral vaccination are not described any place in the book. The wet dressings with filtered staphylococcus cultures or the "antivirus" (Besredka) should be of general interest as a prophylactic active immunization procedure. There are great possibilities for the use of streptococcus in this connection.

The book is well written and is easy to read. The whole theory is something new and opens up a large and almost unexplored field.

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