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The author emphasizes in the preface that he did not intend to describe and discuss the infectious diseases so thoroughly as in the German "Handbook of Internal Medicine," but to present the facts of general importance to the practitioner. Therefore, controversial problems and theoretical bacteriological or serological findings are omitted or briefly described, inasmuch as the author provides the reader with such a wealth of personal war and after-war experiences that the limitation to clinical observations is fully justified. The classification is original and deviates from the customary European and American differentiation. He divides the main chapters into the exanthematous diseases, the septic-typhoid group, infectious maladies with predominant localization in single organs ( tonsillitis, pneumonitis, dysentery, hepatitis, encephalitis, meningitis, erysipelas, tularemia, cat-scratch disease, etc.), finally infectious diseases characterised by manifestations in various organs, such as toxoplasmosis, Coxsakie virus, and infectious mononucleosis. Such classification is disputable, and not everybody will approve that
Gottstein W. Klinik der einheimischen Infektionskrankheiten.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(2):316. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260020152025