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September 7, 1964

The Control of Diseases (Social and Communicable)

JAMA. 1964;189(10):784-785. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070100078027

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For purposes of review, this book may be divided into four parts. The first comprises a sweeping panorama of infectious disease presented concisely and with emphasis on broad biological and historical considerations. In this area of the book and again in the introduction to the final part, one comes to know the author and to respect him for his erudition and forthright philosophy.

The second and principal part treats infectious diseases individually. Good illustrative use is made of certain outbreaks, as in the chapter on smallpox where nine such episodes are summarized. The depth to which the specific diseases are discussed varies markedly, with most of the material gathered from a long experience in Britain. While 62 pages are devoted to smallpox and vaccination, the relatively few diseases which were selected for discussion in chapters entitled "The Coxsackie Group of Diseases" and "Viral Encephalitides" receive inadequate and confusing coverage in

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