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July 26, 1941

Textbook of Medicine

JAMA. 1941;117(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820300089033

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Five editions of this well known British textbook of medicine have appeared in eleven years. This edition has eighteen contributors, many of them well known in this country. The book suffers in places from excessive brevity and illustrates in others the rapid advance in medicine which makes it almost impossible for a textbook to be strictly up to date. Thus sulfanilamide is listed as one of the treatments for pneumococcic pneumonia; doubtless it is rarely used in Britain or this country any more for that purpose. There is a section on psychologic medicine and another on common diseases of the skin. Possibly it is necessary to include such sections in a textbook on medicine, but it might be more desirable to omit them and give more complete discussions of other diseases. In spite of the war, this book will doubtless continue to hold its high place in the regard of

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