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October 26, 1907

Common Bacterial Infections of the Digestive Tract, and the Intoxication Arising from Them.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(17):1456. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530170050019

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This book embodies the views that the author expressed in the Harvey Society Lecture in November, 1906, which was very fully abstracted in The Journal, March 23, 1907. Herter's object is to bring into greater prominence some of the more important details that were omitted or but briefly touched on in the abstract mentioned. As is stated in the preface, "the book does not aim at a systematic discussion... of gastroenteric infection, either from a clinical or a bacteriologic standpoint." Much stress is laid on the laboratory methods as developed by the author, the object being that by utilizing them a clearer insight will be gained of the bacterial processes that bear a causal relation to disease. The final chapter of the book, dealing with the sociologic bearings of diseases of the digestive tract, while short, is of great interest. The author's style is such as to make the book

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