This is a German compendium on infectious diseases written by twenty-one different authors and assembled under the editorship of Gundel of the Koch Institute in Berlin. It is a most interesting compilation.
The various infectious diseases are discussed in considerable detail from the points of view of their etiology, clinical manifestations and particularly from the aspects of their epidemiology, preventability and therapy. Present conceptions regarding vaccination, the use of various antiserums and transfusions are well described. Each chapter ends with a number of references to the current literature.
The book is thoroughly German in character and gives comparatively little consideration to work on infectious diseases by other than German authors. Without doubt, however, it is an important reference book. It is well set up and clearly written. On the whole, it deserves recognition in this country and should fill competently a niche in all American medical libraries.