The present book records the proceedings of a conference held at the
Royal College of Physicians of London in February 1967. Eight chairmen presided, and 36 speakers contributed to a handy volume of 442
pages. Sir Max Rosenheim was the
chairman on opportunistic infections
Opportunistic infections seem to
be what is generally known as nosocomial disorders. Disposing factors
such as old age, diabetes, uremia,
and defects in immunoglobulin production are briefly touched upon.
The only scotoma that this reviewer
could find in this picture is omission
of moniliasis that occurs in hypoparathyroidism.
Alcohol is treated by Edwards,
Celie Hensman, Bailey, and Davies.
Psychosocial aspects are considered
in an admirable way. One is somewhat reminded of the words ascribed
to Oscar Wilde: "Labor is the curse
of the drinking classes." The treatment of alcoholism (rather a sad
chapter) rightly emphasizes the importance of organizations such as
Alcoholics Anonymous. On