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August 1939

Scarlet Fever.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(2):447. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990080223020

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This book is a valuable record of the authors' work on scarlet fever. The opening chapter contains a short history of scarlet fever. In the second chapter, entitled "Etiology," there is considerable discussion of antibacterial serums and of the preparation of scarlet fever antitoxin. Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 briefly set forth important information on pathologic anatomy, symptoms, varieties of scarlet fever, complications and diagnosis and prognosis. Chapter 8, which deals with treatment, emphasizes the value of scarlet fever antitoxin. It contains four fever charts, which may be misleading to one not familiar with the disease.

Other chapters are concerned with the preparation of scarlet fever antitoxin, the skin test for susceptibility to scarlet fever, prophylaxis, the specificity of hemolytic streptococci, allergy, antibacterial immunity and local immunity and oral immunization, in this order.

Descriptions of the successful accomplishments of the authors are naturally interwoven throughout the treatise. There

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