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December 22, 1945

Virus as Organism: Evolutionary and Ecological Aspects of Some Human Virus Diseases

JAMA. 1945;129(17):1231. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860510097028

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This compact little book, which can easily be carried about in one's pocket, is full of provocative and digestible thoughts about the more important virus diseases of man. These thoughts were presented in the Edward K. Dunham Lectures given at Harvard University in 1944 by Dr. Burnet of Melbourne, Australia. He hails a long way from Cambridge, Mass., or for that matter from any part of America, but is no stranger to American students of virus disease or to others who have followed his work and perhaps read his previous book, published in 1940, on "The Biological Aspects of Infectious Disease." In the previous book, as in this one, Dr. Burnet goes to some pains to point out that the study of infectious disease in general, and virus disease in particular, is such an important aspect of human life that it is worth while trying to understand how it falls

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