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Newer Virus Diseases—Clinical Differentiation of Acute Respiratory Infections.

William R. McCabe, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(6):897. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820060149021.
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Dr. Adams' compact text admirably Summarizes recent advances in clinical virology for the practicing physician. Not only are the well-recognized viral respiratory infections reviewed, but the reader is reminded that viruses usually associated with syndromes primarily involving other organ systems on occasions may produce only respiratory symptoms. The text is particularly timely with its inclusion of the newly identified members of the myxovirus family, and it emphasizes the importance of these agents. The author's personal investigations considerably enrich the sections on sudden death in infants, giant-cell pneumonia, and infections with measles and distemper viruses.

Although the central theme is a review of acute respiratory illnesses produced by viruses, bacteria, and fungi, the implications of the title cannot be completely fulfilled. The reader will be promptly impressed that although distinct clinical syndromes do exist, the accurate clinical differentiation of acute respiratory infections still requires laboratory confirmation.

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