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December 2, 1950

Communicable Diseases

JAMA. 1950;144(14):1217. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920140077028

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It is an interesting commentary on medical writing that for many years there has been a crying need for a comprehensive monograph on infectious disease in spite of the fact that during the past two decades the practical advances in this field have probably been greater than in any other branch of clinical medicine. Medical students and physicians have had to rely on textbooks of general medicine and of bacteriology and immunology, current medical periodicals, and specialized monographs dealing with chemotherapy and with single infections, in order to keep abreast of advances which have literally revolutionized the management of many communicable diseases. The volume is designed to cover the entire field of contagious illness. Its 60 chapters were written by 53 authors, 39 of whom are either active or former faculty members of the Tulane and Louisiana State Medical Schools in New Orleans. Discussion of the individual diseases is presented

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