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Book Reviews
June 1941

Plague on Us.

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By Geddes Smith. Price, $3.00. Pp. 365, with 24 illustrations. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1941.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(6):1352. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000120224020

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Abstract

Recently there has been a great deal of medical writing for lay readers. Much of it has been of questionable worth, but this evaluation does not apply to "Plague on Us."

This book, written by an authority, considers the question of epidemics from many standpoints. It is written for the layman, but the author, while keeping his audience in mind, has not made the fatal error of giving the subject too simple an interpretation. Many of the points which he brings out are not so well known by physicians but that they could derive much benefit from reading about them. On the whole, the book is an admirable example of medical interpretation to the layman and is to be recommended to any reader, whether layman or physician, who wants a well authenticated and clear exposition of the subject.

It will not be especially encouraging to the reader to learn that

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