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July 3, 1943

THE LABORATORY DIAGNOSIS OF VIRUS DISEASES

Author Affiliations

ST. LOUIS

From the Virus Laboratory of the St. Louis Health Division and Department of Bacteriology, Washington University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1943;122(10):643-648. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840270001001
Abstract

Perhaps at no time in the history of medicine has such an era of discovery and adaptation of knowledge occurred as in the past two decades. This is especially noteworthy in the case of virus diseases. Although these ultramicroscopic agents have been known to exist for many years, knowledge of their specific properties has been elucidated only in recent years. During this time the study of viruses has grown into a branch of medical science equal in importance to bacteriology itself. This development has been so recent and the literature has grown so rapidly that there are few sources from which the clinician or the laboratory worker can obtain a simple and adequate survey of the present status of knowledge pertaining to methods of diagnosis of virus diseases. Actually it seems unlikely that the diagnosis of virus diseases will ever attain the simplicity of the diagnosis of bacterial infections. Furthermore,

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