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July 17, 1943

Preventive Inoculation

JAMA. 1943;122(12):837. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840290057030

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This little volume is the seventh of a series of handbooks published by the Practitioner and designed as practical guides for the busy physician. The first part of the book discusses in elementary style the basic principles of infection and immunity and their application in the prophylaxis of disease. There follows a simple statement of technic of injection and apparatus required. In the remaining two thirds of the volume the authors describe briefly immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, scarlet fever, typhoid and paratyphoid fevers, whooping cough, measles, influenza and the common cold. A final chapter describes immunization against other diseases, a few lines being given respectively to tuberculosis, plague, typhus fever, cholera, dysentery, yellow fever, poliomyelitis, cerebrospinal meningitis, anthrax and pneumococcic pneumonia.

This is strictly a handbook for the practitioner who has no time to read the standard textbooks of preventive medicine or bacteriology. The discussions of the various procedures are

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