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December 1915

Infection, Immunity and Specific Therapy.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1915;XVI(6):1073. doi:10.1001/archinte.1915.00080060185014

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This pretentious volume of 900 pages consists of (1) a comprehensive review of the theory of infection and immunity; (2) detailed descriptions of serological tests and the methods of vaccine and serum therapy.

The author has gone to great pains to be explicit in describing laboratory methods, and in this respect the book will be a valuable addition to the comparatively small number of laboratory manuals which have been written in English.

The technic of performing the various biological tests is given step by step, in such a way that any one trained in serological work can readily perform them. Complement fixation methods, for example, are described at length, not only for syphilis and gonorrhea, but for other infections. Vaccine therapy (including tuberculin) receives only twenty-five pages, which appears rather meager in a treatise of this kind. The book contains many illustrations, most of which serve to

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