December 1974

Infectious Mononucleosis

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Charlottesville, Va


by Philip R. Glade, MD, 78 pp, J. B. Lippincott Co., Publishers, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(6):1137. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320240171032

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This book is the product of a symposium on infectious mononucleosis held in April 1972. Tables and figures have been added to the edited discussion. There are five sections, each comprising presentation of a topic followed by discussion by the other conferees. The sections are (1) general features of infectious mononucleosis, (2) heterophile antibody and antigens, (3) epidemiology of infectious mononucleosis, (4) Epstein-Barr (EB) virus, and (5) perspectives in infectious mononucleosis.

Section 1 presents a good discussion of the clinical features of this illness and combined with section 4 raises a number of questions regarding infectious mononucleosis particularly the relationship with EB virus, eg, is infectious mononucleosis an EB virus infection or is it a "postinfectious" disease?

The other sections are informative but, like the rest of the book, have the advantages and disadvantages of an edited discussion format. Although reading is disrupted by the changes in discussors, the interjection

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