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January 5, 1957

The Nature of Brucellosis

JAMA. 1957;163(1):83. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970360085022

This authoritatively written book is an example of what a monograph should be. The whole field of brucellosis is covered, from its recognition in Malta to the current methods of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. The book contains 12 chapters, beginning with a discussion of the evolution of the concept of the disease as such; it goes on to consider the Brucella and its reservoirs, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and complications, as well as diagnosis, therapy, and prophylaxis. The last chapter is entitled "What of the Future?" There are five appendixes: one of protocols of 244 cases studied at the University of Minnesota Hospitals by the author and his coworkers, one on the technique of the agglutination test, and the rest on reports of national committees. These are followed by an alphabetically arranged index of references, each with the number of the page on which the reference is made, and a

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