Book Reviews
February 1930


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By PAOLO IACCHIA, Director of the Hospital for the Orphans of the War at Trieste. Pp. 123. Bologna: L. Cappelli, 1929.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(2):465. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930140227024

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This book is a report of the work done by a Medical Center for aiding the War Orphans of Trieste; there are a hospital, an outdoor department and summer colonies in the hills and on the seashore. Statistics are given as to the number of patients and types of diseases observed and treated, etc.

Considerable attention was paid to actinotherapy, 8,060 such treatments being given in 1928.

"Autovaccination," with material—sputum, nasal and vaginal discharges, pus, sediments in the urine and spinal fluid, as well as bacterial cultures—which had been irradiated with ultraviolet rays, was used in 192 cases. When the material was tuberculous, or from skin lesions, intradermal injections were given. In other cases subcutaneous or intramuscular injections were given. The author feels that he gets good results from this method of therapy in about 50 per cent of his cases of pulmonary tuberculosis, and in

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