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October 21, 1939

Ker's Manual of Fevers

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Revised by Frank L. Ker, B.A., M.B., Ch.B., Senior Assistant and Deputy Medical Superintendent, Little Bromwich Hospital, Birmingham, England. Fourth edition. Cloth. Price, $4.50. Pp. 354, with 15 illustrations. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 1939.

JAMA. 1939;113(17):1592. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800420066035

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In the preface of this edition the son of the original author has expressed his desire to adhere to the aims of his father. As a consequence revisions in the text consist chiefly of slight changes or additions made necessary because of advanced knowledge, particularly with respect to treatment, including chemotherapy. To any one familiar with the subjects discussed, the contents of the book should be refreshing. It is readily apparent that the clear and complete descriptions of the various contagious diseases as presented by Claude B. Ker are the result of keen observation, careful thought and extensive experience. There are few technicalities but much information that is sound and practical. The volume is likely to receive its greatest appreciation from those who have had training in contagious disease hospitals. To the medical student the chapters on smallpox and typhoid should be of special interest. The six plates, though not

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