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The first edition of this work appeared in 1936. In his preface the author emphasizes the necessity for individualization of patients, particularly in the control of infectious diseases, indicating that every patient is an experimental problem to the scientific physician. The feature of the Meakins work is the extensive illustration. Whereas some may criticize, the medical student will find this feature most commendable. It may be said of the illustrations that they have been most carefully chosen and all of them actually illustrate.
In the preparation of the new edition there have been extensive revisions of many of the sections in which new information has been developed. The opening chapters are for the average student a fine philosophic approach to the practice of medicine. This volume, which is in outline form, is ideal for the medical student.
The section on vitamins unfortunately is altogether inadequate. Thus it is stated that
The Practice of Medicine. JAMA. 1939;112(8):768. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800080088032