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February 26, 1938

The British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice Including Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Other Special Subjects

JAMA. 1938;110(9):679-680. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790090061028

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Volumes III and IV of this latest contribution to the systems of medical practice now available are fully up to the standard of the previous volumes and present to some extent the same qualities and deficiencies. As an example of the deficiencies, one may cite page 10 of volume III, which is devoted merely to four large headings that refer the reader elsewhere. As an example of some of the special qualities of the work, one may point to the extraordinarily fine colored illustrations of cataract and to the concise summaries of many other topics which one ordinarily does not find in such encyclopedias. Thus, special comment must be given to the articles on child health and on contraception which appear in volume III and to those on diet and diseases of the ear which appear in volume IV. An unusual contribution is the article on the care of the dying by Sir Humphry Rolleston, chief editor of this series. It is only two and one-half pages in length but is a classic among medical contributions. The authors of the various articles are all leading British physicians well selected not only for their knowledge of the subjects with which they are concerned but

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