Book Reviews
September 1944

Air-Borne Infection; Some Observations on Its Decline.

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By Dwight O'Hara, M.D. Price, $1.50. Pp. 114, with 11 charts. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1943.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(3):224. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020090069010

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This small volume is an outstanding contribution to medical literature. It presents a thoughtful analysis and philosophic consideration of the history of air-borne infections in the commonwealth and state of Massachusetts. There are chapters on smallpox, diphtheria, the common cold, pneumonia, streptococcic infections, rheumatic fever and tuberculosis. The trends in mortality are studied in relation to all factors which may be considered to operate in the fields of preventive medicine, treatment of disease and public health. These include sanitation, standards of living, nutrition, isolation of foci of infection as in tuberculosis, treatment and specific immunizing measures. It is shown that in addition to all conscious efforts to control the diseases under discussion, there are probably other ameliorative factors, little understood at present, which are partly responsible for the decreases in mortality. This seems to be particularly true of measles and scarlet fever. The author is an enthusiastic supporter of measures

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