By F. O. MacCallum, A. M. McFarlan, J. A. R. Miles, M. R. Pollock, and C. Wilson. Medical Research Council Special Report Series No. 273. Price, 4s. 6d. Pp. 144, with charts and tables. His Majesty's Stationery Office, Box 569, London, S. E. 1, 1951.
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The investigation encompassed in this short monograph ended in 1947. Publication was postponed because much of the work already had been described in the medical press. Recently, however, it was decided to publish the material without revision and to give the factual results as first recorded.
This is an excellent and detailed reference work for students interested in virus hepatitis. A great part of it is concerned with epidemiologic studies. The clinical observations are still basically sound, but the biochemical observations, for the most part, have been altered considerably since the work herein reported was done. A great amount of hematologic study is recorded, and the chapter on experiments in transmission is basic reading for students of this disease.
The monograph would not particularly interest general practitioners or specialists in internal medicine but would be of value to those interested in gastroenterology.
Infective Hepatitis: Studies in East Anglia During the Period 1943-47.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;90(4):576. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240100155013