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September 1965

Histoplasmosis—Diagnosis and Treatment.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(3):470. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870030150037

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This monograph on histoplasmosis is deceptively small. It gives the impression on first reading that only the bare essentials of the subject have been covered because of the limitation of space. But after systematically looking for a number of small details, I became convinced that this book has nearly all of the current information worth knowing about histoplasmosis. Negroni seems to have turned out this concise compendium by two devices. The first is to string together summary statements from key references and the second to write much of the material in telegraphic style. While these writing techniques get everything into 115 pages, they don't make for easy reading. A series of references, compiled in chronological order, emphasizes the historical sequence of contributions but obscures the relative importance of certain facts in their contemporary setting. For example, in the section on treatment, a novice in the field would have to read

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