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December 1974

Infectious Diseases

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Washington, DC


by J. Joseph Marr, ed 1; 192 pp, $11.50, Little, Brown & Co., 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(6):1143. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320240177048

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In this modern era as much as any time in the past, infectious diseases constitute an enormous portion of the practice of medicine. As yet, no single textbook or monograph has been written that even approaches an all-inclusive discussion of human infections. In the past few years, many clinically oriented volumes have been published and most, if not all, have failed. To this list we can now add another: Infectious Diseases.

This small (192 pages) monograph is disappointing from the very beginning. The title itself is misleading, since the book is essentially a series of brief essays on selected topics. The book also suffers from a lack of balance between the individual chapters in terms of style and emphasis, and also within the chapters themselves as some sections may be highly informative, while others are incomplete and occasionally one-sided or even erroneous. If there is one unifying factor in the

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