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A book review may be descriptive, evaluative, or, one would hope, a useful blend of the two. I decided to take the evaluative route first with this neatly designed book of modest size and to challenge it with problems in the field of immunization as they arise in daily practice.
Serving on a committee of physicians, I was asked, as one involved with immunizations every day, why antibodies to poliomyelitis received by the fetus from the mother do not interfere with formation of natural antibodies when the infant is given oral vaccine in the first months of life. This is, of course, in marked contrast to the situation with measles immunization, where it has been proved that antibodies acquired by the infant from the mother interfere with natural antibody formation up to 12 or a few more months of age. This problem was not addressed directly in the book, but
Carithers HA. Immunization in Clinical Practice: A Useful Guideline to Vaccines, Sera, and Immune Globulins in Clinical Practice. JAMA. 1982;248(4):479–480. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330040067046
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