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Franklin H. Top, Sr., has very carefully maintained the major characteristics and purpose of this book since the first edition which appeared in 1941. With each new edition, extensive revisions, new chapters, and collaborators have been introduced, and the material brought into line with the major advances in the field. The sixth edition, like its predecessors, remains a "handbook" for reference on the major aspects of the common infections and infestations of man. As such, it should prove most useful— indeed almost indispensible—to students and practitioners of medicine, probably more so than any other currently available in the field (and there are very few of them).
The author now lists 36 collaborators for 48 of the 63 chapters. The first eight chapters cover general aspects, namely, infection and immunity, epidemiology, regulations governing control of communicable diseases, general considerations of prevention, serum and serum reactions, chemotherapeutic and antibiotic agents, management in
Finland M. Communicable and Infectious Diseases, ed 6.. Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(4):473. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300140119030