Book Reviews
November 1931


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By DR. CLEMENS PIRQUET. Price, 23 marks. Pp. 170, with 142 illustrations and tables. Leipzig: Georg Thieme, 1930.

Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(5):1275-1276. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940180225028

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This volume was left in manuscript form by the untimely death of the author, but was assembled and corrected by his pupil, Dr. Herbert Orel, for publication.

By way of introduction the author calls attention to the fact that the mortality from tuberculosis in the human being is greatest in the first and twentieth years, respectively, and he attributes this to the variation in the reaction of the individual at these ages to the tubercle bacillus, and defines it as an allergic relationship. This allergic relationship he contends characterizes practically every well defined disease, and consequently gives to every disease its own characteristic death age curve.

This volume deals in particular and in great detail with this death age curve as applied to malignant neoplasms, and consists of an elaborate statistical study in the form of charts and tables based on The Registrar General Statistical Review of England and Wales

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