August 1978

Pneumonia and the Pneumococcus

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(8):1302. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630330096032

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To the Editor.—  Two great classics on infectious diseases have been out of print for many years: The Biology of the Pneumococcus: The Bacteriological, Biochemical and Immunological Characters and Activities of Diplococcus pneumoniae by Benjamin White, PhD, with the collaboration of Elliott Stirling Robinson, PhD, and Laverne Almon Barnes, PhD, 1938 (799 pages with 1,593 references), and Pneumonia, With Special Reference to Pneumococcus Lobar Pneumonia by Roderick Heffron, 1939 (1,086 pages with 1,471 references). These valuable reference books are not available in the libraries of many medical schools, hospitals, and departments of medicine, microbiology, and infectious diseases.In a conversation (September 1977) with Carleton B. Chapman, MD, MPH, and Reginald Fitz, MD, president and vice-president, respectively, of The Commonwealth Fund, which published these volumes, they expressed interest in reprinting these volumes for sale at cost price if they get some indication of sufficient interest and demand.Those who strongly think

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