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November 1969

Virology Monographs, vol 3.

Author Affiliations

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(5):639-640. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300210121024

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This small monograph which reviews the current knowledge of cytomegalovirus, rinderpest virus, and lumpy skin disease virus is of value to the virologist and veterinarian because of extensive, up-to-date references. Covering these three viruses within one volume probably causes the book to seem less valuable to the pediatrician who might be attracted by the cytomegalovirus problem. Hanshaw's discussion of cytomegalovirus would be improved by a more extensive presentation of serological data in infants and the different serological tests available. No mention was made of the meaning of recent observations of cytomegalovirus isolations in febrile patients after cardiac surgery in which pump by-pass was used.

Plowright's review of rinderpest virus is excellent. The references cover the years 1899 to 1967 and make this 83-page section an excellent place to begin for anyone who wishes to familiarize himself with this virus. However, the fact that rinderpest and lumpy skin disease of cattle

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