The material covered in this book covers those viral, rickettsial, and bacterial infections currently met by practicing physicians in the home, office, and hospital. The chapters on the Coxsackie virus infections, viral hepatitis, influenza, acute bacterial meningitis, rubella, staphylococcic infections, toxoplasmosis, and communicable disease control, are particularly good. The one on staphylococcic infections is especially timely. The treatment of pregnant women with rubella is explained well. The value of the text would have been enhanced if an introductory chapter had been written giving current knowledge of means of isolating, identifying, and culturing bacterial, rickettsial, and viral organisms. The color plates, schematic drawings, and graphs are very well done. The text is recommended for use by the general practitioner, pediatrician, internist, and health officer.