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April 7, 1945

Textbook of Medical Treatment

JAMA. 1945;127(14):955. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860140073030

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This book, although the third edition since 1939, has several deficiencies. For example, the index contains no reference to penicillin and none to staphylococci, although there are several references to streptococci. Under the heading mercurial diuretics the index has a cross reference to mersalyl, a single member of the group. The discussion of active immunization against tetanus with toxoid is exceedingly brief and mentions only that "active immunization against tetanus has recently been introduced in the British army. The course consists of two doses of 1 cc. of tetanus toxoid with an interval of six weeks between the injections." Thiouracil (incidentally with a misprint) is mentioned in two sentences. After the war it should be possible to revise this book more extensively, eliminating most of the defects which now exist.

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