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In this second edition the author has made extensive alterations and additions. In addition to sections on measles, rubella, scarlet fever, smallpox, vaccinia and chickenpox, there are chapters on typhus and typhoid fever, diphtheria, erysipelas, whooping cough, mumps and cerebrospinal meningitis. In an introductory chapter, the problems of immunity are briefly but clearly discussed, as are also the symptoms and management of fever and the principles of diet and general therapy.
While special points of diagnosis in each disease are fully described, the main emphasis is continually placed on the disease picture as a whole, and the reader realizes that he is listening to the words of a finished clinician, who speaks from rich experience. Thus in discussing the diagnosis of diphtheria, the author stresses the point, well recognized but often neglected in practice, that a positive report of diphtheria bacilli does not necessarily mean that the patient is ill