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August 1951

The Common Infectious Diseases:

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(2):254-255. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040267013

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This text is designed for students as a textbook on infectious disease, but it also contains a great deal of information of value to the practicing physician. Drawn from his experience over the past 20 years at the Park Hospital, London, and the City of Leicester Isolation Hospital, the material covers both the practical and the theoretical phases of infectious disease. A particularly good section is that which covers the immunology and epidemiology of scarlet fever. The modern concept of scarlet fever as one of many clinical manifestations of "streptococcosis," rather than a separate disease, is well outlined.

The section on whooping cough stresses the frequency of bronchopneumonia and the accompanying atelectasis. The necessity of repeated roentgenogram observations and the use of bronchoscopic and postural drainage for therapy are stressed. A separate chapter by Dr. L. J. M. Laurent on the electrocardiographic changes in the course of diphtheria is excellent

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