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June 1, 1940

The Fundamentals of Internal Medicine

JAMA. 1940;114(22):2245. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810220069035

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The first edition of this book was reviewed in The Journal, Jan. 7, 1939, page 81. The author states in a prefatory note that this revision, made fifteen months after the first edition, includes numerous alterations and additions without material increase in the size. One of the most obvious additions concerns brief discussions of sulfanilamide and sulfapyridine therapy; it is obscure why the author has used the English "sulphanilamide" and "sulphapyridine" instead of the commonly accepted American spelling. The attempt to obtain brevity with sufficient completeness encounters great difficulties. In the light of existing knowledge today a chapter on gastritis, no matter how brief, should include at least some references to the use of the flexible gastroscope. In the reviewer's opinion, the advantages of including chapters on diseases of the skin, diseases of the ear and diseases of the eye in a text-book of internal medicine are insufficient to warrant

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