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December 3, 1938

The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of Medicine

JAMA. 1938;111(23):2142. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790490072028

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Abstract

The most famous of all practices of medicine is now in its thirteenth edition and under a new editorship. Previous editions appeared under the editorship of Dr. Thomas McCrae. The following note from the preface by Dr. Henry A. Christian indicates the nature of the changes that have been made:

In the First Edition Osier put much that was based upon his personal experience at bedside or at the autopsy table. In this edition I assume responsibility for all changes and additions, not credited by name to some other; what appears not so credited is based upon my own clinical and pathological experience, much of it acquired at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. In preparing this revision, wisely or unwisely, I have had the assistance or criticism of no one.

The book is now rearranged so that it begins with a general discussion of infections, including the pneumonias,

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