Book Reviews
April 1941

Bacillary and Rickettsial Infections.

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By Dr. William H. Holmes. Price, $6. Pp. 676, with no illustrations. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1940.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(4):906. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000100240024

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It is a refreshing experience to read a text for medical students written as well as this one is. There is none of the dry listing of data or fear of literary style so common in most textbooks. Dr. Holmes has not only presented adequately the relevant facts but has managed to place them in their proper historical background. Possibly he has devoted too much space to the history of each disease, but in so doing he has produced a most interesting book, which holds and stimulates the reader's interest in an unusual way. This was the acknowledged purpose of this type of presentation, namely, to stimulate and to interest the medical student by offering a clinical picture of disease as seen in historical perspective. In this Dr. Holmes has been eminently successful.

The material indicated in the title is adequately, but not exhaustively, covered. The discussion of the infections

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