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February 1959

Infectious Diseases of Children

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(2):252. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010254024

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This modest-sized and relatively inexpensive book might well bear the longer title "Common Infectious Diseases of Children in U. S. A.," since the rare and unusual have been omitted. For instance, syphilis, malaria, and rabies are not covered, but there are excellent chapters on adenovirus and staphylococcal infections and aseptic meningitis. The strong points of the book are the thoroughly authoritative and up-to-date treatment of the common childhood diseases and its conciseness and brevity. In the section dealing with infections, in which knowledge is being accumulated rapidly, there is much material only a few months old. The authors have discarded many myths regarding infectious diseases and have substituted documented evidence, and they avoid being dogmatic over controversial points. The charts, diagrams, and photographs (seven in color) are excellent. Discussions of treatment are in general terms. An interesting section on the hospital care of patients with infectious diseases reflects a far

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