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August 26, 1905

Acute Contagious Diseases.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(9):648-649. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510090070023

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This book deals with vaccinia, smallpox, chickenpox, scarlet fever, measles, typhus fever, diphtheria and disinfection, i. e., the diseases that by virtue of extreme contagiousness require isolation and treatment in special hospitals. Nearly one-half of the 781 pages are given over to the discussion of smallpox and allied subjects, e. g., vaccinia and varioloid diseases in lower animals. Vaccination in all its phases is considered with great thoroughness. Dr. Welch's long personal experience with smallpox is drawn on freely and instructively, and nothing but satisfaction can be expressed with the presentation of the various topics regarding it. Our knowledge concerning this disease is here summarized in an attractive and serviceable manner and with interesting references here and elsewhere as well to the oluer literature on the subjects discussed. We believe, however, that the authors are a little prematurely skeptical concerning the value of the red-light treatment of smallpox advocated by

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