Book Reviews
June 1940

Virus and Rickettsial Diseases.

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Harvard School of Public Health Symposium Volume. Price, $6.50. Pp. 872, with 33 illustrations, 40 tables. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1940.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(6):1392-1393. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990170228016

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"Virus and Rickettsial Diseases" contains comprehensive reviews by twenty-two Harvard faculty members of significant information regarding the most important virus and rickettsial diseases. The concise presentation of material enables the reader to review the significant data quickly. Most chapters are completely outlined, and all have good bibliographies.

The volume is introduced with a chapter considering virus epidemiologic problems in general, the nature of viruses, their transmission, animal reservoirs, host-parasite relations and prevention of virus diseases. What is now a promising outlook for prevention is pictured as almost a certainty for the future if altered viruses can be so used as to permit an inapparent infection with permanent immunity but no ill effect. The discussion of the properties of viruses as they exist intracellularly in their host leads to a realization that further information must come from studies in intracellular biochemistry. A complete chapter on the insect vectors of virus diseases

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