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November 10, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(11):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970280078036

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This monograph constitutes an extensive review of the literature. It is well arranged, with a good table of contents for ready reference, and should be of value to clinicians who have occasion to see patients for diagnosis or treatment. The discussion on the treatment of respiratory paralysis in spinal cases perhaps gives undue emphasis to the European's conception of respiratory devices, namely, the use of positive pressure; however, due recognition is given to American methods of treatment. In fact, the advantages and disadvantages of both concepts of treatment are presented quite fairly. In the final chapter, on future prospects, the continued reluctance on the part of the British to recognize the value of inactivated virus vaccine is apparent; and the summary indicates an undue reliance on the early availability of a live virus vaccine. Advances in treatment are so rapid that this monograph will soon be out-of-date.

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