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December 19, 1953

The Sulphonamides and Antibiotics in Man and Animals

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By J. Stewart Lawrence, M.D., M.R.C.P., and John Francis, M.Sc., M.R.C.V.S., Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Queensland Veterinary School, Brisbane. With assistance of Arnold Sorsby, M.D., F.R.C.S., Research Professor in Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons & Royal Eye Hospital Surgeon, Royal Eye Hospital, London, and Philip G. Scott, F.R.C.S., Consultant Surgeon, E.N.T. Depart., Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter. Second edition. Cloth. 42/. Pp. 482, with 39 illustrations. H. K. Lewis & Co., Ltd., 136 Gower St., London, W.C.1, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1493. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330077032

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This new and greatly enlarged edition brings the subject matter up-to-date. The chapters on mode of action, drug resistance, the chemistry, bacteriology, pharmacology, and other aspects of both the sulfonamides and antibiotics are especially clear and complete. There is an extensive bibliography. The book covers all aspects of actions and uses of sulfonamides and antibiotics in man and in animals. If it has weaknesses, they are due to the broadness of its scope. For example, in discussing gonorrhea, the statement on page 196 that this "disease may eventually be completely stamped out" seems a little too enthusiastic; on page 198, the absolute injunction that routine tests of cure with the introduction of sounds should be made in every case of gonorrhea would not be accepted by 99% of American physicians; the suggestion made on page 214 for the dosage of streptomycin in tuberculosis is not in line with current thought;

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