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June 1956

Introduction to Virology.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(6):820. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250240172023

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In one hundred pages we have here the essentials of virology written in a straight-forward fashion by an expert. Dr. Dalldorf is the Director, The Division of Laboratories and Research of the New York State Department of Health. He writes of the "opportunities for the virus fisherman" and in particular for the hospital pathologist starting with "one agate mortar and pestle." The book deals systematically with poxes and rashes, diseases of the liver, lungs, and central nervous system. The last two chapters, dealing with the setting up of a virus laboratory and the common techniques used, are particularly valuable.

This monograph makes excellent spare-time reading. It leads the student from the early observation that the word virus means a poison and that measles was transmitted experimentally to volunteers in 1758 to the latest tissue-culture techniques and hemagglutination-inhibition tests. Here we find simple explanations of virological jargon which often is a

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