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June 8, 1940

A Textbook of Medicine

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By Various Authors. Edited by J. J. Conybeare, M.C., D.M., F.R.C.P., Physician to Guy's Hospital, London. Fourth edition. Cloth. Price, $6.75. Pp. 1,112, with 50 illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(23):2327-2328. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230057030

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The 1939 edition offers to the student of medicine in essence an encyclopedia covering the entire field of medicine with extensive sections on neurology and psychiatry and a briefer section on dermatology. The work is popular in England, comparable to Osler or Cecil here, is reminiscent of Osler and McCrae in both organization and style and is written in an easily readable and understandable fashion. Noteworthy are the thorough manner in which each disease is discussed from the standpoint of symptomatology and diagnosis, the addition of pediatric aspects to discussions on the various infectious diseases, together with a chapter on gastrointestinal disorders of infancy, and a brief but adequate description of laboratory-clinical procedures when indicated as diagnostic measures. The section on neurology is probably sufficient to handle ordinary medical school needs in that subject, that on psychiatry is designed to give the student a familiarity with the subject. Common skin

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