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April 14, 1923

Carriers in Infectious Diseases. A Manual on the Importance, Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Carriers.

JAMA. 1923;80(15):1093-1094. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640420055035

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This little book presents the subject of infection carriers in a systematic and didactic manner, without many historical or bibliographic details, and with special reference to the practical needs of physicians, health officers and medical students. Part 1 deals with general considerations; Part 2 with special human diseases; Part 3 with the relations of phorology, a new word suggested by the senior author, to preventive medicine; and Part 4 with carriers in veterinary medicine, a welcome and useful expansion of the consideration of carriers. The use of the word "case" as synonymous with patient—"cases have also been called acute carriers," "the case, confined to bed"—in the first three parts will be criticized, of course. Pasteur and Sternberg independently discovered the pneumococcus in normal human sputum in 1881, not, as on page 87, in 1890. The names of certain bacteria seem to be chosen somewhat at random; Bacillus aerogenescapsulatus is used

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