November 1972

Human Viral, Bedsonial and Rickettsial Diseases: A Diagnostic Handbook for Physicians.

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Los Angeles


By Abbas M. Behbehani, PhD, with a foreword by Herbert A. Wenner, MD. Price, $16.50. Pp 344. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1972.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(5):793. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110170171040

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This book contains 59 chapters about a very large subject and consequently is quite shallow in many places. Chapter 15, for example, consists of one page about "Exanthems and Enanthems."

The author writes of two types of measles encephalitis, one in which the "virus can often be isolated from the brain" and one which occurs after the rash and "the condition is attributed to an allergic response." To confuse this issue further, he writes about multiple sclerosis (MS) as follows: "It often occurs as sequelae of measles infections or following immunization with measles vaccine." The first part of this statement is unproved and there is no evidence whatever that MS follows immunization with measles vaccine. The same confusion exists in the chapter on the "Encephalitides."

Under treatment (chapter 21) he states that amantadine hydrochloride has been successful in the treatment of human infections with influenza A2 viruses. (This drug has

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