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November 6, 1948

The Acute Bacterial Diseases: Their Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1948;138(10):784. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900100064026

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This monograph emphasizes the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial infections and the necessity of making a diagnosis on an etiologic basis. An attempt has been made to present the latest specific antibacterial agents used in the treatment of various infections. But, as with other similar projects, by the time publication takes place, rapid advances in therapy have occurred, so that statements applicable six months or a year before are already outdated.

Part I is concerned with the general phases in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease. The value of the illustration on "the administration of specific antiserum" on page 33 is diminished because of the fine print. This also applies to the illustrations on pages 63, 85 and 97. The principles of sulfonamide therapy are reviewed. Sulfonamide compounds are given as the drugs of first choice for plague, but recent developments show that streptomycin occupies first place. A survey

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