Von Prof. Dr. Theodor Brugsch. Second edition. Paper. Price, 3,240 marks. Pp. 622, with 29 illustrations. Berlin: Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1922.
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The author has collected statistics of measurements of a large number of normal individuals from various sources. From these data he attempts to establish a definite relationship between the viscera and body measurement. The use of mathematical formulas in this work is perhaps carried to an extreme. This attempt of correlation is, as the author states, not new with him. A chapter is devoted to normal and abnormal function of the endocrine glands. The second part of the book takes up specifically the various influences which bear on disturbances in function of circulation, respiration, metabolism and the endocrine glands. Contrary to what might be expected in a book on prognosis, there is no discussion of any single disease in which favorable or unfavorable symptoms are pointed out; instead, various conditions are grouped together and considered in a general way. The underlying objections to this exposition are the large amount of
Allgemeine Prognostik. Oder die Lehre von der ärztlichen Beurteilung des gesunden und kranken Menschen.. JAMA. 1923;80(23):1718. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640500060035