By Lewellys F. Barker. Price, $2. Pp. 224, with no illustrations. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1936.
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To say the least, this volume will not enhance Professor Barker's reputation. It is made up of a short, incomplete description of nearly every disease known to mankind, most of the material having little connection with the title of the book. An excerpt will show the general level. Under the heading "Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis," the following sentence appears: "When the disease is epidemic, the occurrence of fever and diarrhaea in a child should excite suspicion and some serum from a convalescent patient be injected into the blood or into the muscles immediately to prevent the paralysis...." The book is of no value to the physician, and information for the laity has been prepared much better.
Live Long and Be Happy.. Am J Dis Child. 1936;52(6):1517. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.04140060227022