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June 26, 1943

Control of the Common Fevers

JAMA. 1943;122(9):641. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840260069033

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Although the title of this book may conform to the English way of thinking, it seems to mask the true character of the contents. The word "control" is used in a broad sense to embrace not merely preventive measures and epidemiologic facts but also diagnosis and treatment. The first twenty-four pages, on general principles, describe many problems relating to the acute infectious diseases. This chapter serves as an introduction and is not dignified by a number, but it contains much modern thought and knowledge. Then follow twenty-two articles beginning with diphtheria. Other subjects are puerperal sepsis, rheumatic fever, the pneumonias, enteric fevers and bacterial food poisoning. In addition to the more common infections undulant fever, Weil's disease and the rickettsias are represented. Every chapter is by an authoritative author, and to each is appended a list of references. Numerous graphs and tables provide useful information. There is no general index,

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