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August 1960

Newer Virus Diseases: Clinical Differentiation of Acute Respiratory Infections.

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(2):304-305. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040306030

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Respiratory disease accounts for 30% of pediatric practice, yet few practicing pediatricians today can name half the known agents which cause these diseases, let along give a coherent account of their clinical manifestations. This little book (its first reading can be accomplished in an evening) is built of stuff much of which has been brought to light within the past 5 to 10 years. It should interest all older pediatricians and the majority of the young ones. The average pediatrician knows full well that antibiotics do not influence nonbacterial respiratory disease, and most of them realize by now that antibiotics prevent few complications; yet many succumb to the demands of parents for shots and find themselves in uncomfortable ruts from which there is little stimulus to extract themselves. Dr. Adams presents in his book a compact and clear picture of the various kinds of acute respiratory diseases and flu-like illnesses.

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