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December 1941

Handbook of Communicable Diseases.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;62(6):1332. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000180206019

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The author has arranged the diseases according to the particular portal of entry and method of spread. A consideration of the various disease entities is preceded by a section on immunity, epidemiology, control of communicable diseases and nursing and hospital management of the patient. Dr. Top goes further than most authors of books on communicable diseases and considers such conditions as trichinosis, food poisoning, dysentery, tularemia, hookworm disease, pediculosis and malaria. He has an easy style. The subject matter is clear. The illustrations are excellent, and most of them are in color. The textbook can be used by nurses, medical students and practitioners. The charts and appendix represent a monumental bit of work and are very informative. The glossary is an addition which both physicians and nurses will appreciate.

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