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The recent death of Dr. Holmes focuses attention on this fundamental contribution to medical science. The book has charm and literary quality possessed by few other works in the medical field. Among the conditions concerned are plague, tularemia, typhus, undulant fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, cholera, typhoid, the dysenteries, diphtheria, leprosy, tuberculosis and a number of bacillary infections. The method of presentation, the arrangement of headings and subheadings, the historical articles and the extensive bibliography combine to offer something distinctive in the field of medical writing. The work indicates great scholarship and insight into the educational problems of students which bespeak its wide use in medical education. Here is a textbook which may be read with the kind of ease and pleasure associated with a classic like Osler's textbook on the Practice of Medicine. To the publisher much credit is due for the quality of the presentation of this unusual
Bacillary and Bickettsial Infections, Acute and Chronic: A Textbook. Black Death to White Plague. JAMA. 1941;116(8):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820080138038
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