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September 14, 1935

A Practical Manual of Diseases of the Chest

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By Maurice Davidson, M.A., M.D., F.R.C.P., Physician to the Brompton Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest. Cloth. Price, $14. Pp. 528, with 200 illustrations. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1935.

JAMA. 1935;105(11):908. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760370064033

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This is a manual of diseases of the chest, not including the heart. It is intended for physicians, not medical students, who are interested in diseases of the lungs, pleura and mediastinum. Each chapter, followed by a bibliography of source material, is a good presentation of a single topic, according to the modern, largely English, conception of diseases of the chest. Covering the entire field of respiratory diseases as it does in one volume, it must treat individual diseases of the chest far too superficially to satisfy the requirements of a specialist in pulmonary diseases, only thirty pages being devoted to the entire subject of the pneumonias and but fifteen to the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory mechanism. The chief criticism of the book, therefore, is that it covers far too much ground and treats the subject matter too superficially to be of great value to those intending to

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