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August 1958

Infectious Diseases: Annual Review of Significant Publications

Author Affiliations

Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz Medical Center, Nemazee Hospital.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(2):217-253. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260200045009

In the past year, as usual, a number of significant contributions were made to knowledge in the field of infectious diseases. Unfortunately, there was little evidence of more discriminate or restrained prescription of the prodigious amounts of manufactured antimicrobics. As one result, and despite some opinion to the contrary, the problem of antimicrobic resistance acquired by staphylococci and other bacteria has intensified, as indicated by the number of pertinent publications. Controversy also continues, even in official circles, over the value of BCG vaccine. Antipoliomyelitis vaccine seems to have accomplished much in reducing the severity of poliomyelitis, but some skeptics prefer to delay its appraisal. Poliomyelitis-like epidemic infections and their relationship to ECHO, Coxsackie, and other viruses held much attention. Of greatest public interest was the emergence of a new variant of influenza A virus, unfortunately named Asian, that caused a world-wide pandemic mostly of mild disease. Alarming publicity incited much

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