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February 9, 1957

Diagnostic Procedures for Virus and Rickettsial Diseases

JAMA. 1957;163(6):514. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970410104037

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The interval since the publication of the first edition of this book has seen rapid and often dramatic scientific advances in this field. Of particular interest are the improvements in culturing viruses and in serologictechniques that have permitted better understanding of the immunological interrelationships between viruses. The compilation is by a distinguished group of authors. The book is not, however, a collection of research techniques but is an effort to describe the procedures that are most useful and practical from a diagnostic point of view. The details of techniques required in the laboratory are accurately and fully given. Many practical points are described. Good photographs of equipment, the arrangement of materials for performance of procedures, and photomicrographs of lesions are found throughout the book. Many charts, tables, and drawings help to orient the reader, as do outlines at the beginning of chapters. The chapter on general principles underlying laboratory diagnosis

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