Edited by Henry Welch, M.D., and Felix Marti-Ibanez, M.D. Price, not given. Pp. 1154, with many illustrations. Medical Encyclopedia, Inc., 30 E. 60th St., New York 22, 1954.
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This is a compendium of the papers presented at the Second Annual Symposium on Antibiotics held in Washington, D. C., Oct. 25-29, 1954. All of the 172 presentations, most of them reports of original investigations, are included. As might be expected, the full gamut of therapy with all of the antibiotics now in common use is covered, and a number of new antibiotics not yet widely employed clinically are described. Two new substances found in nature are reported to have anticarcinogenic properties. Also, the role of antibiotics in human nutrition is explored. Again emphasis is placed upon the adverse reactions of antibiotics, most serious of which seems to be severe allergic responses and deleterious dislocations of the bacterial flora in the body so that organisms insensitive to the antibiotic being used gain the ascendency. For those wishing to keep abreast of new developments in the antibiotic field this book is
Rhoads PS. Antibiotics Annual 1954-1955.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(1):111. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250190127014