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May 9, 1953

World-Atlas of Epidemic Diseases. Part I.

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Edited by Professor Dr. med. Ernst Rodenwaldt. Assistant scientific editors: Dr. med. Ludwig Bachmann, et al. In collaboration with Professor Dr. med. Richard-Ernst Bader, et al. [In German and in English.] Sponsorship: Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington 25, D. C. Cloth-boards 225 marks. Pp. 128, with illustrations and 52 maps. Falk-Verlag, Burchardstrasse 8, Hamburg 1, 1952.

JAMA. 1953;152(2):197. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690020089032

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During World War II, German epidemiologists, under the direction of Dr. H. Zeiss, director of the Institute of Hygiene of the University of Berlin, prepared the material for this atlas. It is patterned somewhat after Hirsch's "Handbook of Historical and Geographical Pathology," written in 1881, but this publication includes large multicolored maps that depict not only the prevalence of epidemic diseases but also trends of prevalence.

The book is large, measuring approximately 15 in. by 20 in. The text is written in both English and German. This is the first volume. Work on the second volume is now in progress, and it will include diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases, which are more important than some of those now included.

The atlas is limited to diseases in areas of military importance. Although during wartime it is possible to collect a great deal more information than is

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