Revised and Enlarged by H. W. C. Vines, M.A., M.D., Director of the Charing Cross Hospital Institute of Pathology, London. Sixteenth edition. Cloth. Price, $8.50. Pp. 1,166, with 701 illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1940.
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One is impressed by three statements in the first chapter: "Vital processes are not governed by man-made classifications and subdivisions..." Writing of "similar signs and symptoms it is often quite possible to forecast the course the disease is likely to take. This is called prognosis, but it is no more than a forecast of events in the average case...." "The powers of accurate observation and of critical judgment can only be developed by long and often painful experience, because the training of these faculties is consistently ignored in all forms of early education." The spirit of the truth of these statements exists throughout this book, which, unlike most textbooks, deals with the great generalities of disease rather than picturing conditions as unchanging entities. One is left with the feeling that morbid conditions are not as distinct as many textbooks and teachers make them. The book is well written but, like
Green's Manual of Pathology. JAMA. 1941;116(12):1334. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820120148036