Dr. Kutschera is professor of medicine at the University of Graz, Austria. This book is written primarily for physicians interested in the medical treatment of tuberculosis. It should serve for better training of young physicians in recognition of early cases of tuberculosis in which medical treatment still could be quite successful. Dr. Kutschera has found this training considerably deficient, as is obvious from various histories he cites, in which the correct diagnosis of tuberculosis was made only after the patients had been treated for a prolonged time on the basis of a mistaken diagnosis.
To the American reader it is of particular interest to realize the tremendous increase of tuberculosis in certain parts of central Europe, where the mortality figures increased from four to six times over those in the year preceding the outbreak of the second world war. The death rate is about 500,000 per year among the population