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March 1, 1965

Infectious Diseases of Children

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan

JAMA. 1965;191(9):772-773. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080090086047

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As the authors state in their preface to this third edition, "dramatic changes in infectious diseases have occurred since 1960...." This is true of the text also. The presentation of respiratory infection caused by viruses has been reorganized. Chapters on adenoviral infections, the common cold, influenza, and acute laryngitis, separate in the second edition, have been incorporated into an expanded twochapter section on acute respiratory disease. The first of these chapters is concerned with the etiology of acute respiratory disease, with sections devoted to the myxoviruses, adenoviruses, reoviruses, herpes viruses, psittacosis-ornithosis viruses, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, and the picornaviruses. Mycoplasma pneumoniae is also discussed, as are the bacterial causes. The second chapter, on acute respiratory disease, concerns the various clinical syndromes in infants and children.

The importance of cytomegalovirus infections is indicated by an entirely new chapter dealing with this problem. The clinical manifestations, etiology, diagnosis, and epidemiology are well discussed.

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