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The founder and first editor of this cyclopedia brought out the first edition many years ago. It had considerable vogue, and its popularity led to the establishment of a special board with George Morris Piersol as editor-in-chief and Edward L. Bortz as assistant editor to handle the job of the present edition, with an excellent staff of five editors whose names are well known in medical work. This group has selected the contributors to the various volumes, of whom there are many. The editor points out that it has been the chief purpose of the material to bring about accurate diagnosis and intelligent management of disease as dependent on a knowledge of physiology. It is recognized that the aim of medical practice is the relief of symptoms, so that treatment is especially emphasized throughout the work. The authors have depended largely on the literature of the subjects about which they
The Cyclopedia of Medicine.. JAMA. 1933;101(10):801. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350059032