Clinical Aspects and Epidemiology of Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome. Analysis of Clinical and Epidemiological Experiences in Hungary

by T. Trencseni, M.D., and B. Keleti, M.D., Chief Advisor in Medicine and Chief Advisor in Infectious Diseases of the Hungarian People's Army. 247 pp., illustrated. Akademiai Kiado, Publishing House of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest V. Alkotmany U. 21. 1971. $9.60

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Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), known also as hemorrhagic nephroso-nephritis or Korean hemorrhagic fever among other designations, has been known at first hand to American medical investigators since 1951–52 when numerous cases of this illness appeared among United Nations troups, particularly USA personnel, stationed in Korea. Before that time the disease was known to American physicians only indirectly, through not easily accessible publications by Soviet and Japanese workers who had observed the disease earlier in the Far Eastern region of the Soviet Union and in Manchuria, respectively.

The monograph by Trencseni and Keleti is based on the experience with the illness as observed in six outbreaks in Hungary in 1952 and 1953, with a few additional sporadic cases seen between 1953 and 1956. The monograph comprises also an appendix describing other virus hemorrhagic fevers, such as Omsk, Kyasanur and Argentinian; the appendix is not based on personal experience but on a survey of the literature.

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