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August 1957

A Manual of the Common Contagious Diseases.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(2):338. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260080164041

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Here is a book to be warmly recommended. It is attractively prepared and interesting to read. The format is standard, with chapters on the individual diseases and others on antibiotics, serum reactions, and general management. The pictures are clear, attractive, and helpful. In this era, however, when many physicians will never see diphtheria, it is a pity to spend fifty-eight pages on the disease, particularly when only forty-one pages are spent on β-hemolytic streptococcal infections, including scarlet fever.

The separation of bacterial, fungal, and virus diseases into contagious or noncontagious kinds is outmoded. The title of the next edition might well be "A Manual of the Common Infectious Diseases." It would be nice to find chapters in that new edition on infectious hepatitis, the encephalitides, and, particularly, staphyloccal infections. These, however, are minor criticisms of a book which will be useful to students and practitioners alike. It is a worthy

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