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January 28, 1950

Diseases of the Nose and Throat: A Textbook for Students and Practitioners

JAMA. 1950;142(4):295. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910220075039

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This monumental work, first published by Sir Thomson in 1912, retains all of the conservatism of literary and scientific presentation under the present aegis of Dr. V. E. Negus. Careful sifting and elimination of material which seems redundant or made obsolete through the progress of the specialty has been the present author's purpose. The gap of the literary scarcity of the war years has been only partially closed, and further elimination of antiquated approaches requires the attention of the author, together with a more modern approach to therapy, both medical and surgical. The use of streptomycin in tuberculosis is not mentioned, and syphilitic treatment with penicillin receives but passing mention.

The thirty pages devoted to syphilis contain many historically interesting facts about management, but the author fails to bring the situation up to date. As could be expected, better coverage is given the larynx, trachea, bronchi and esophagus than other

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