Volume 10, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


There is a need for a comprehensive treatise on the rickettsial diseases of man or on the rickettsiae in general, accumulating and correlating the information of the past generation or so. This pedantic and tedious book does not fill this need. The fact that it is a translation perhaps excuses some of its shortcomings, but the text so commonly contains statements such as “as has been repeatedly pointed out” and “as has already been stated” that the authors themselves must have been aware of the repetitious character of their work. The book is divided into two parts, the first concerning morphologic and laboratory aspects of the rickettsiae in general and the second with the specific diseases caused by these agents. There is considerable unnecessary overlapping between the two, and at the end of the book there are five chapters of a more general nature which would have fitted more naturally into the first section.


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