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June 1959

The Practice of Infectious Diseases.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(6):1014. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270060166040

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To begin, this is an excellent book. If you want to know of the tremendous developments in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases since you obtained your M.D., this is the book for you. You will be astonished at how much factual knowledge has accumulated since you learned fevers, in your medical childhood. Here is the combined approach of the physician and the bacteriologist, which is so greatly needed.

No one would dream of treating a patient with coronary artery occlusion without confirming the clinical diagnosis with an electrocardiogram. All too many physicians, however, are treating fevers without knowing first, whether an infection is present; second, what it is, and third, what antibiotic to use. Throughout the book there is recurrent emphasis on careful clinical assessment, Gram-stained preparations, diagnosis by culture, sensitivity tests where required, and a careful follow-up. The approach is systematic, namely, infections of the upper and

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