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August 15, 1959

Perspectives in Virology: A Symposium

JAMA. 1959;170(16):2035. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010160151032

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This book is a memorial to F. R. Beandette, a distinguished agricultural scientist. Twenty distinguished investigators present papers on different aspects of virology. These are in the nature of reviews but often include new work of the authors. Papers on basic aspects of viruses include the chemical nature of the tobacco mosaic virus, viral multiplication and transformation, nutritional requirements of viruses and cells, and cell-plating techniques. The present status of the measles virus and of 70 new human viruses, the epidemiology of influenza, and the natural history of hog cholera are brilliantly presented. Four papers on viral neoplasia outline this exciting new area. The presentations on influenza, on measles, and on the new viruses should be of special interest to the clinician. The others, while excellently done, are too technical to appeal to any but the virologists. The foreword contains a tribute to Beandette, and the epilogue a delightful piece

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