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Poliomyelitis Papers and Discussions Presented at the Second International Poliomyelitis Conference

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BOOK REVIEWS 555 A most pleasant feature of the book is its scope, from rudimentary bio- chemistry to paleontology and the geologic history of man-a range which ought somewhere to overlap the interest of any student. As far as style is concerned, Mavor's General Biology has not the liveli- ness and enthusiasm of Pauli's The World of Life, and certainly not the fine prose of a Borradaile and Potts (The Invertebrata). Sometimes the sentences are choppy and short, which may result from an effort to make statements easy to grasp. One feels that a little polish, even at the cost of some simplicity, would be a definite improvement and would increase for its owner the long-term value of this fine text. R. R. L. G. POLIOMYELITIS PAPERS AND DISCUSSIONS PRESENTED AT THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL POLIOMYELITIS CONFERENCE. Philadelphia, J. P. Lippin- cott Co., 1952. 543 pp. $7.50. This 555-page volume which contains the Proceedings of the Second International Poliomyelitis Conference held in Copenhagen in September, 1951, is, to say the least, an imposing publication. It outdoes the high standard set by an earlier volume recording the events of the First Inter- national Conference held in 1948. Indeed, few publications dealing with the proceedings of a medical meeting of this type have appeared which can be compared with it as far as format, printing, and illustrations are concerned. The book describes a program which was divided into four Symposia and three Reviews. The former deal largely with what might be called "biological aspects" of poliomyelitis, including the general subject of virology; the Coxsackie group of viruses; and differential diagnostic laboratory tests. The latter or the Reviews, deal with the pathogenesis, patho-physiology, certain aspects of diagnosis and treatment of poliomyelitis with emphasis on the difficult cases, and the after-care, and epidemiology. There are also 150 pages devoted to the Scientific Exhibits and most of these lend themselves very well to this type of publicat

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