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June 1926


Am J Dis Child. 1926;31(6):913-914. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1926.04130060154013

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Although the author of this volume modestly disclaims any attempt to have written an exhaustive treatise on the prevention of disease, this "digest" covers 700 well filled pages. The greater part of the book is a discussion of infectious diseases classified mainly according to methods of transmission. This seems a logical procedure to follow, although certain difficulties are encountered, with the result that material on some diseases is necessarily divided since more than one mode of spread may be involved. For example, typhoid fever comes under "Diseases Spread Through Intestinal Discharges," under water borne diseases, and under milk borne infections. Plague is discussed as a disease transmitted from animals to man and also as an insect borne disease. Hookworm might have been classed as a soil borne disease as well as an infestation, spread by intestinal discharges. Unless the reader is familiar with such diseases, valuable material could readily be

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