July 1941

Bacillary and Rickettsial Infections.

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By William H. Holmes, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School. Price $6. Pp. 676. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1940.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;68(1):177. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200070187012

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For the student of internal medicine Dr. Holmes has written an avowedly unconventional textbook. Sensitively aware that the present medical curriculum, with its vast offering of clinical and laboratory technics, tends often to produce the mechanic, rather than the cultivated, wise and skilful physician, the author has dealt with certain of the major infectious diseases from the broadest possible point of view. With this attitude in mind one finds it easy to understand the inclusion of the large amount of historical material, which, parenthetically, is well chosen, the many instructive epidemiologic discussions, the outlines of preventive measures and much information concerning etiologic and pathologic aspects of such infections. But, on this account it must not by any means be assumed that clinical aspects are neglected. The problems of diagnosis and treatment of the disease in the individual patient, however, are brought into a just relationship to its natural and written

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