February 1940

Immunity: Principles and Application in Medicine and Public Health.

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An Exposition of the Biological Phenomena of Infection and Recovery of the Animal Body from Infectious Disease, with Consideration of the Application of the Principles of Immunity to Diagnosis, Treatment and Prophylaxis and Their Usefulness in the Control of Epidemics. By Hans Zinsser, M.D., Professor of Bacteriology and Immunology, Harvard Medical School; John F. Enders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bacteriology and Immunology, Harvard Medical School, and LeRoy D. Fothergill, M.D., Assistant Professor of Bacteriology and Immunology and Associate in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(2):462. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190080244013

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This, the fifth edition of the excellent book originally called "Resistance to Infectious Diseases," constitutes not only a revision but an expansion. In practical development and increasing application in clinical and preventive medicine, immunology has extended beyond the confines of the laboratory and the concern of the pure scientist. Today a knowledge of immunology is essential in the practice of medicine and of public health. Consistent with the rapid growth of the subject, section I, "Principles and Theories," has been revised by the elimination of much outdated material, the modernization of that retained and the addition of the large accumulation of recent years. The expanded section II, "Special Immunological Problems in Individual Infections," is especially worthy of note. This section treats at length the different phases of immunology as they pertain to preventive and curative medicine and diagnosis, comprehending the viruses, rickettsiae, the organisms of syphilis, tuberculosis, diphtheria and anaerobic

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