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January 4, 1919

The Doctor in War.

JAMA. 1919;72(1):64. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610010070026

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The author is well known as a writer for the public on medical topics, and most of the chapters in this book have previously appeared in magazines and syndicated newspaper articles. In his capacity as a journalist, Dr. Hutchinson visited the medical departments of the various forces in the great war, spending practically a year during 1917 in interviewing leaders and making observations. His book will give the reader a good picture of medical conditions with the fighting forces. The author seems to be hyperenthusiastic as to medical accomplishments during the war, and seems especially prone to accept too readily first estimates on new procedures or methods. There have already been many books on the medical aspects of the war written for lay readers. As a piece of descriptive work, the book by Dr. Hutchinson ranks with the best. As a basis for judgment of scientific accomplishments, it cannot be

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