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February 4, 1956

Problems in Amoeblasis

JAMA. 1956;160(5):422. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960400080028

Although this monograph is written chiefly for the researcher, the gastroenterologist and the specialist in laboratory diagnosis should also profit by reading it. The author discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the diagnostic stool examination, methods of culturing amebas, and the complement-fixation test, drawing attention to points of controversy and to the further investigative steps necessary to resolve present problems. Culture methods receive the most attention. There is a brief but excellent section on the measures necessary to protect the laboratory technician from accidental infection. The last chapter is a short but authoritative résumé of the clinical features of the disease including treatment by C. A. Imboden. This is the only chapter that does not have a discussion, summary, and bibliography at the end. The book is well illustrated and has author and subject indexes. It maintains the standard of excellence that one has come to expect in monographs from

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