Book Reviews
November 1940

A Manual of the Common Contagious Diseases.

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By Philip M. Stimson, M.D. Third edition. Price, $4.00. Pp. 465, with 54 illustrations and 6 plates. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger, 1940.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(5):1234-1235. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000050218022

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There is no book in the field comparable to Stimson's "Manual of the Common Contagious Diseases."

In the third edition measles, scarlet fever, chickenpox and smallpox are illustrated by nine photographs in color which are of unusual excellence in details. A brief discussion of the virus diseases is another new feature, and all subject matter has been revised to date.

Chapters on "Principles of Contagion," "Serum Reactions" and "General Management of Contagious Diseases," which are of particular value, have held an important place in previous editions.

A glossary provides a convenient means of ready reference to a variety of terms commonly employed in connection with contagious diseases.

This book is admirably written, and the profusion of illustrations and tables adds to its worth. A bibliography at the close of each chapter will prove useful.

The author is entitled to the utmost praise for accomplishing even more in this edition than

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