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December 1960

Viral Infections of Infancy and Childhood.

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Edited by Harry M. Rose, M.D. Price, $8. Pp. 244, with 50 illustrations. Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., Medical Book Department of Harper & Brothers, 49 East 33rd St., New York 16, 1960.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(6):904. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820060156033

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Although the title of this book suggests that this is an all-inclusive review of viral infections of infancy and childhood, such is not the case. The volume contains the 16 papers which were presented by various investigators at a Symposium sponsored by the Section on Microbiology of the New York Academy of Medicine. The book contains very practical considerations on subjects of general interest such as enteroviral infections causing "polio-like" illnesses and prophylactic immunization against influenza infections. On the other hand, there are technical and theoretical considerations of the concept of viral interference and interferon. Research relating to the infectivity of ribonucleic acid derived from virus particles for cells in culture is summarized. The multitude of papers appearing in medical periodicals concerning virology is often confusing to the student, to the practitioner, and to the academician who is not actively working in the field. The papers contained in this book

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