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May 28, 1938

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

JAMA. 1938;110(22):1862. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790220064037

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From endoscopy through goiter marks the progress of the fifth volume of the British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice. Among the leading subjects are epilepsy, eruptions, the eye, food and the gallbladder. Special interest attaches to a fine article on etiquette and ethics in medical practice and to deformities and diseases of the foot. This volume, like the others in this series, is handsomely published and profusely illustrated and represents essentially a series of short monographs, written from the British point of view. The fact that the British pharmacopeia is the basis of all therapeutic discussions tends to diminish somewhat the value of the work for the American reader. The discussion on epilepsy is by the well known British neurologist W. Russell Brain (rather strange that two of the greatest neurologists should have been named Brain and Head). Notwithstanding the up-to-date character of the book, it contains no reference to the

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