August 1974

Defense of Zinsser's Microbiology

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Durham, NC

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(2):388. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320200198033

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To the Editor.  —The January 1974 issue of the Archives contained a review by James P. Luby, MD, of the 15th edition of Zinsser's Microbiology.This review is very critical of the section dealing with the bacteria and bacterial diseases and the book was not recommended by Dr. Luby because of these "errors."As the author of the section criticized, I would appreciate the opportunity to reply to Dr. Luby's criticism.I apologize to Dr. Luby for my error in stating that St. Louis encephalitis was not confined to the United States (page 892).I will admit that the statement about the role of streptococci in rheumatic fever and rheumatoid arthritis (page 377) could have been more exact.However, Luby's objections to the suggestions that autogenous vaccines can be used with success in chronic recurrent staphylococcal infections (pages 396-398) and chronic infections with Gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to all

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