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December 4, 1967


Author Affiliations

Rome, Italy

JAMA. 1967;202(10):993. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130230119040

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This first of a three-volume series covers viral diseases. The distinguished authors are predominantly German and Swiss; others are American, Austrian, Czechoslovakian, Egyptian, Finnish and Greek; and the references are often one fourth to two thirds American, British, and Scandinavian. Although written in German, the sources and opinions are inter- and supranational.

The editors have achieved their purpose of providing a modern, thorough clinical presentation which, complementing texts on microbiology, constitutes a basis for understanding, recognizing, and preventing viral diseases—a need seldom met by the brevity and condensation in standard textbooks of medicine. The clinical presentations, with the exception of infectious hepatitis, are consistently critical, thorough and vivid. The clinician not specialized in infectious disease is oriented quickly by the excellent 12-page introduction, which explains the classification of viruses and the clinical manifestations, and also by the sections of each monograph describing history, pathogens, pathogenesis, pathology and epidemiology. These provide