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Any book that can go through ten editions must have many things in it which have proved helpful to students and practitioners of medicine. It is interesting to note that in 1912 Miss Savill was able to revise the book with only three collaborators, while in 1936 she had to accept the help of seventeen. All of this goes to show how, with the tremendous advance in knowledge, the day has passed when one man can write well or authoritatively on more than a few phases of medicine. In the plan and arrangement of this book, disease has been approached largely from the standpoint of symptomsatology, the idea being to help the student to trace from effect (symptoms) to cause. As a result, the book is in many ways a cross between a treatise on diagnosis and a system of medicine. This, of course, makes it particularly attractive to the
A System of Clinical Medicine Dealing with the Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment of Disease for Students and Practitioners. JAMA. 1937;109(2):158. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280064034