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January 1929

A Text-Book of Infectious Diseases.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;43(1):145. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00130240148016

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In bringing up-to-date his "Manual," the author has expanded it into a good sized textbook. He has added an introductory chapter on epidemiology which should prove interesting and stimulating to all students of infectious diseases. It fails, however, to cover the field as adequately as even such a brief and general discussion may reasonably be expected to do. The more recent work of Webster on experimental epidemiology may be cited as an example of a pertinent omission.

The clinical symptoms and signs of the various diseases are well described; the methods of treatment are up-to-date. But the presentation of the facts and theories concerning etiology leaves something to be desired. The problem of etiology is, in the case of several diseases, admittedly a vexatious one, and the author in his preface warns the reader that he is not a bacteriologist. Nevertheless, he cannot be unconditionally pardoned for his failure to

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