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December 16, 1939

The Principles of Dental Medicine: The Medical Aspects of Dental Disease

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By F. W. Broderick, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., L.D.S., Hon. Dental Physician to the Royal Victoria and West Hants Hospital, London. Third edition. Cloth. Price, $7.50. Pp. 575, with 44 illustrations. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1939;113(25):2262. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800500068027

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Abstract

A fool is bent upon a twig, but wise men dread a bandit. Which I think must have been clever, for I didn't understand it.

This quotation, taken from the review (Bristol M.-Chir. J.53:114 (summer) 1936) of the Common Cold and Influenza by J. E. R. McDonagh, may with equal aptitude be applied to Broderick's book. The latter has based his text largely on the theories and terminology of McDonagh, both of which are so unusual that the reader has to acquire not only new definitions for words commonly used by physicians, physiologists and biochemists but also an entirely new theory for the mechanism of disease. No doubt most of those who read it will label it "clever," though probably because they don't "understand it." The arrangement is faulty, there is a great deal of repetition, and quotations from other authors are overnumerous and many inept. McDonagh and

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