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Amebiasis, Pathology, Diagnosis, and Chemotherapy

by Hamilton H. Anderson, M.D., Warren L. Bostick, M.D., and Herbert G. Johnstone, Ph.D., University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, California. Published by Chas. C. Thomas, Spring-field, Illinois, 1953. Price $11.50

W. A. Sodeman
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This monograph encompasses a discussion of amebiasis not only from the standpoints of pathology, diagnosis and chemotherapy, as stated in the title, but from the aspects of epidemiology and pathogenesis as well. The material is, in general, brought up to date, but with a striking unevenness. For example, of the 431 pages, only 23 are devoted to symptomatology and clinical manifestations. Fifty four pages are justifiably given to laboratory diagnosis, but little space is given to the important problem of basic diagnosis of the patient. The recognition of E. histolytica is of paramount importance in diagnosis but so is the establishment of the symptomatology on the basis of this finding. The development of the problem of differential diagnosis receives little attention, although there is a half-page discussion of the association of amebiasis and colonic malignancy. On page 235 there is a description of the gross differentiating factors in the stools of bacillary and amebic dysentery.