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May 1952

Communicable Diseases.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;83(5):717-718. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02040090163017

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As the field of medicine has become more and more complex, authors of complete texts have not attempted to cover an entire field unaided. The modern trend has been to gather together a group of writers to cover the specific subjects in a field, but this has not been done heretofore in the field of communicable disease. Now, Dr. Pullen has done this, and as editor he has produced a larger and more complete text than any we have seen. The contributors are largely from the staff of the Charity Hospital of Louisiana and from the United States Public Health Service. The names of many will not be well known to most readers.

The subjects are grouped according to general manifestations rather than according to etiologic agents. Thus diseases with predominantly skin manifestations are grouped together, and those with predominantly respiratory symptoms are grouped together. Numerous photographs are included, with

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