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December 25, 1937

A Textbook of the Practice of Medicine

JAMA. 1937;109(26):2164. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520054030

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Abstract

The first edition of this textbook appeared in 1922 and each edition since has had from one to four additional impressions. The contributors are well chosen and not so numerous as usual in American books of the same cooperative type. This fact adds, perhaps, to the evenness of presentation. There have been some alterations in classification which demonstrate the change in our views of certain diseases. Thus herpes zoster has been transferred from the diseases of the skin to the subsection on diseases due to filtrable viruses; hysteria and neurasthenia have been withdrawn from the section on the nervous system and placed in that on psychologic medicine. In the index, which is exceptionally good (153 pages for 1,883 pages of text) reference to prontosil for streptococcic infections is found, while on the page referred to prontosil is not mentioned but there is a brief reference to "sulphon amide." It might

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