Virus and Rickettsial Diseases

by S. P. Bedson, M.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.P., F.R.S., Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology, London University; Downie, A.W., D.Sc., M.D., Professor of Bacteriology, Liverpool University; F. O. MacCallum, B.Sc., M.D., Director Virus Laboratory Central Public Health Laboratory; C. H. Stuart-Harris, M.D., F.R.C.P., Professor of Medicine, University of Sheffield. Second edition, 406 pp. illus. Baltimore, Williams and Wilkins Company, 1955, $6.75

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The first edition of this book appeared in 1950 and the second edition has just been issued. In the preface to the first edition, the authors pointed out that the numerous advances made in the virus field failed to come to the notice of the practicing physician because few attempts had been made to present the material in a suitable form for those whose interests are of a more general nature. Since that time, the dearth of textbooks on virology has been considerably remedied and the present book represents one of the better texts.

The authors have attempted to present “a coherent, readable account rather than an exhaustive treatise.” This has, on the whole, been rather well achieved despite the brevity of some of the chapters. For example, the Coxsackie viruses are covered in five pages and the arthopod-borne virus encephalitides, in 24 pages. However, much new material has been incorporated.