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August 4, 1945

Microbes That Cripple

JAMA. 1945;128(14):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860310070033

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In conception, organization, execution and production this book is an outstanding contribution to the literature in medicine for the lay reader. It is definitely conceived as a treatise in a limited field of bacteriology as indicated by its title, "Microbes That Cripple," and takes in, therefore, the tubercle bacilli, the spirochete, poliomyelitis and other viruses, the hemolytic streptococcus and infectious agents such as gonococci, typhoid bacilli, pneumococci and meningococci. More limited mention is made of occasional cripplers such as measles, whooping cough and influenza. The story of chemotherapy is briefly told, and there is an outline on public health, health education and public health and disease in wartime.

The organization of the book is in thirteen chapters, of which the first is introductory. The second is a broad outline of "the world of microbes." The third has to do with immunity and the fourth with the human body and how

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