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To call this vast accumulation of medical data and information a handbook is in the nature of an anomaly. Within its eight stately volumes are included nearly 4,000 articles, contributed by 445 contributors. There are more than 5,000 small illustrations and some sixty-four full page illustrations in photogravure and in colors. The aim of the work is obviously encyclopedic, and it is probably unique among such works.
The third edition was completed in 1917. Because of the rapid progress in the medical sciences brought about by the war as well as by the extensive researches now being made in many parts of the world, textbooks and reference works pass quickly out of date; constant revisions are necessary if they are to depict accurately the present status of the subjects of which they treat. Because of the great scope of this exceedingly useful reference work, a complete resetting and reprinting would
A Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences Embracing the Entire Range of Scientific and Practical Medicine and Allied Science.. JAMA. 1923;80(17):1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640440079031