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March 25, 1950

Streptomycin: Nature and Practical Applications

JAMA. 1950;142(12):950-951. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910300088037

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Information concerning the use of streptomycin accumulated rapidly. Several monographs have appeared that summarize the studies of streptomycin in various diseases. Keefer and Hewitt summarized the experience of physicians who reported their results to the National Research Council and presented the detailed analysis of the treatment in 3,000 cases of different infections. The National Tuberculosis Association has produced a monograph on the use of streptomycin in tuberculosis that sums up their experience extending over a period of several years. This monograph was edited by Dr. Selman A. Waksman, who wrote the historical introduction. The book is divided into four sections, including "Microbiological and Chemical Aspects," "Antibacterial and Pharmacologic Properties of Streptomycin," "Clinical Uses of Streptomycin" and "Miscellaneous Uses of Streptomycin." There is a good subject index at the end of the book.

The book is well planned, and the various topics are discussed by men who have had personal experience

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