February 1954

Modern Concepts of Communicable Disease.

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By Morris Greenberg, M.D., and Anna V. Matz, R.N. Price, $6.20. Pp. 567. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 210 Madison Ave., New York 16, 1953.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(2):252. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090240016

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In this book the authors give a clear and concise resumé of the communicable diseases from the epidemiologic point of view. As pointed out in the preface, the material was adapted in large part from a course on epidemiology for graduate students in a school of public health. From this point of view the choice of material and its presentation is more suitable for the allied professions than it is for the medical student or practicing physician. However, as a rapid refresher of the changing concepts, shifts in emphasis, and newer knowledge in the field, this book would be useful to the interested practitioner.

The book is divided into two parts. Part one concerns itself with the principle of communicable disease control. The discussions are brief, and many, such as the discussion of infection, resistance, and allergy, are designed to fill in possible gaps in preexisting knowledge of the nonphysician

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