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October 1955

Viral and Rickettsial Diseases of the Skin, Eye and Mucous Membranes of Man

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;72(4):398. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.03730340096022

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This excellent volume should be in the hands of all dermatologists, pediatricians, and general practitioners, and in all medical libraries. It deals extensively with all viral diseases with which the medical profession is concerned. The first two chapters are concerned with the nature and diagnosis of viruses and rickettsia and these are followed by extensive clinical and therapeutic reviews of herpes simplex, chickenpox and zoster, smallpox, cowpox, and vaccinia, and the exanthematous diseases. The common cold is likewise discussed and also the less common, yet therapeutically difficult diseases of viral origin, such as warts, molluscum contagiosum, herpangina, epidemic keratoconjunctivitis and trachoma, inclusion blennorrhea, lymphogranuloma venereum, and viral diseases contracted from animals, such as milkers' nodules, foot and mouth disease, cat-scratch disease, psittacosis, and the like. The last chapter deals with a description of the rickettsial diseases.

There is little to criticize in this volume. A few points to be

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