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June 27, 1977

Influenza: The Viruses and the Disease

JAMA. 1977;237(26):2855-2856. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270530063031

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This excellent monograph is a comprehensive statement of the authors' views of the biology of influenza and of the influenza viruses. Coverage of modern history of influenza extends from London in 1933 to Fort Dix, NJ, in 1976. Earlier experiences are described using selected epidemiologic records and seroepidemiologic findings.

Schild provides a thorough yet concise treatment of the viruses of human disease and their relationship to those of lower animals and birds. His participation in many of the studies that disclosed these relationships contributes to the authenticity of the account. Basic concepts of molecular virology are boldly set forth in chapters 2,3, and 4. Sir Charles has been a continuous student of clinical, epidemiologic, and virological features of influenza since the 1930s. Chapter 5, on human disease, comprises an authoritative in-depth description of the illness and its complications. Chapter 6 and 7 review epidemiologic records from 1562 to the present,