May 1970

Infectious Mononucleosis.

Author Affiliations

Wailuku, Hawaii


Edited by RL Carter MADM, MC (Path), HG Penman MA, MD, MC (Path), DTM&H. Price, $12. Pp 270, with 29 illustrations. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford and Edinburgh, US distributor, FA Davis Co, 1915 Arch St, Philadelphia 19103, 1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(5):895. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310050133019

Suddenly, infectious mononucleosis has come of age. It has been escalated from its station as a clinical curiosity (having something to do with cadets kissing coeds) to "a remarkable disease, not only in its own right but also as a model for studying lymphoproliferative disorders such as acute leukemia." So say Carter and Penman, but they could have been quoting a lecture by Robert J. Hoagland in the 1950s.

This is a gem-like little book with a cast of medical luminaries from both sides of the Atlantic (plus New Zealand). The Foreward is by Paul B. Beeson, the United States' most distinguished medical expatriate. Superb chapters by S. C. Finch on clinical and laboratory manifestations (although a color plate of "atypical lymphocytes" would have added a touch of elegance); the anemias by Worlledge and Dacie (the mysterious anti-i factor); atypical mononuclear cells by Cooper (with excellent electron photomicrographs); the knotty

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