Infectious Disease – Bunin

In this post, we will see the book Infectious Diseases by K. Bunin.

About the book

The first edition of the textbook was given a positive appraisal in the periodic press and in discussions by numerous teaching staffs of secondary medical schools.

In preparing this edition the author took into account the critical remarks made by reviewers.

The author deemed it necessary to include in this textbook the latest scientific information and results of the practical achievements of Soviet medicine. The author extended those parts of the textbook in which science has lately become enriched with new facts which are of particular practical value. The parts of the textbook dealing with methods of diagnosing infectious diseases, the principles of their treatment with antibiotics were written anew. The book also contains new descriptions of the complications of drug therapy, use of therapeutic serums, and a new chapter on Economo’s lethargic encephalitis.

New illustrations have been added and the old ones improved: the book also contains a number of original, including coloured, pictures and photographs.

In view of the existence of a special textbook on disinfection the author found it possible to limit himself to the most essential information on this subject, thereby shortening the corresponding chapter compared with the first edition of the textbook. The parts of the textbook printed in small type are aimed at giving the students deeper insight into the material.

To help the students to master the materials presented in the textbook, the latter includes tables of differential diagnostic signs of the main types of diseases. The supplements contain information which is of practical interest.

The author hopes that the present edition of the textbook will be helpful to the students and will be favourably received by teachers.

The book was translated from Russian by David A. Myshne was published in 1965 by  Mir Publishers.


Note: The original scan is from Digital Library of India project, and as mentioned earlier, the quality of scans is very poor.  The scan is barely readable at times, and in patches it is white washed (see below). So OCR is of little value for much of the text. The colour figures mentioned in the preface, are in black and white mode rendering them of no use. Only in a few cases they are legible as grayscale. We have cleaned as much as possible but we definitely need a better scan for this.

PS: With the current pandemic it is fun to read about other deadly diseases which can/have wreck/wrecked havoc on humans.

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History of Theories of Infectious Diseases 12
General Pathology of Infectious Diseases 26
Classification of Infectious Diseases 35
Principal Methods of Diagnosing Infectious Diseases 42
Organization of and Regimen in Contagious Hospitals and Departments 49
Purpose of Contagious Hospitals (Departments) 49
General Organization and layout of Hospitals (Departments) 49
Work of the Admission Department 51
Work of a Contagious Department 55
Rules Governing the Work of the Personnel of Contagious Departments 59
Prevention of Nosocomial (Intrahospital) Infections 59
Care and Diet of Infectious Patients 61
Principal Methods of Treating Infectious Patients 66
Disinfection, Disinsection and Deratization 77
Fundamentals of Infectious Disease Prevention 78




Typhoid Fever 91
Paratyphoid Fever A and Paratyphoid Fever B (Paratyphus Abdominalis A and B) 108
Food Poisoning 110
Botulism 115
Dysentery 120
Amoebiasis 132
Asiatic Cholera 138
Botkin’s Disease (Morbus Botkini) 145
Helminthiases 158


Classic Epidemic (Louse-Borne) Typhus 175
Tick-Borne Typhus or North-Asian Ixodorickettsiosis 191
Endemic or Murine Rickettsiosis 194
Q-Fever (Q Rickettsiosis) 196
Relapsing Fever (Typhus, Sive Febris Recurrens) 200
Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever (Spirochaetosis Acarina) 210
Malaria 213
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis 231
Visceral (General) Leishmaniasis (Kala-azar) 235
Pappataci Fever (Febris Pappatasii) 241
Haemorrhagic Fevers 245

Epidemic Encephalitides 250


Rabies (Hydrophobia, Lyssa) 256
Brucellosis 263
Icterohaemorrhagic Leptospirosis or Weil-Vasilyev’s Disease 274
Marsh Fever or Anicteric Leptospirosis 281
Glanders (Malleus) 284
Anthrax 287
Tularaemia 297
Plague (Pestis) 306
Foot and Mouth Disease (Aphthae Epizooticae) 315


Chickenpox (Varicella) 318
Influenza 322
Diptheria 334
Infectious Mononucleosis 350
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) 351
Rubeola Morbiollosa 361
Lethargic Encephalitis (Economo’s Disease) 362
Small Pox (Variola Vera) 364
Orniteosis 379
Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis 379
Scarlet Fever 390
Mumps (Epidemic Parotitis) 407


Erysipelas 410
Tetanus 415
Complications of Drug Therapy and Methods of Preventing Them 420



Supplement 1. Incubation Periods of Various Infectious Diseases 429
Supplement 2. Methods of Taking Material for Laboratory Examination 431
Supplement 3. M. A. Morozov’s Method of Silvering for Viroscopy 437
Supplement 4. Staining Smears and Thick Drops for the Purpose of Revealing Malarial Plasmodia and Relapsing Fever Spirochaetes 437
Supplement 5. Liver Function Tests in Botkin’s Disease 439
Supplement 6. Rules Governing Discharge of Convalescents from Hospital after Treatment with Drugs and Antibiotics 439
Supplement 7. Prescriptions 441


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