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While this book is in purport and by title a history of the development of understanding of infectious disease, it is in reality a well rounded, if very brief, history of medicine and the knowledge of all illness. The record runs from the fossil remains of the Paleozoic period to the B C G inoculations of Calmette. All of the great names in the history of the science come in for some consideration. In spite of its brevity it is a highly stimulating account of the march of progress of what is essentially pathology. As might be expected, the period beginning with Pasteur is most intensively treated, and Oliver's account furnishes an excellent introduction to the research of the great group of the last third of the nineteenth century. The size of the book is convenient, and the printing and illustrations are good. A feature of especial value is a
Stalkers of Pestilence.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;47(1):166. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140190177025