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October 24, 1942

Treatment in General Practice

JAMA. 1942;120(8):654. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830430076031

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The book by Beckman continues to grow in size and in circulation. This edition is prefaced by a statement in which Dr. Beckman points out that medical literature grows so rapidly that the task of evaluating new contributions and incorporating them into the text is becoming constantly more difficult. In the present edition many new diseases are included for the first time and there is also much new material. Such diseases as Q fever, schistosome dermatitis, target cell anemia and toxoplasmosis are examples of the necessity that every doctor assiduously endeavor to keep himself up to date. Special qualities of Beckman's book are its rationality and readability. Some of his aphorisms deserve quotation. After mentioning several treatments for glanders, he says "... a grave disease, then, for which we have no remedy." The section on malaria is preceded by the famous poem of Ronald Ross. Under the treatment of chronic malaria

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