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July 8, 1950

The 1949 Year Book of Medicine (July, 1948-May, 1949)

JAMA. 1950;143(10):937. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910450077041

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The principal justification for a review of the literature is the lucid and critical analysis of important developments in a particular field, thus circumventing the impossible task of "keeping up with the literature." This book meets this objective admirably. As in the past, the volume is divided into five chapters: Infections, chest, blood and blood-forming organs and the kidney, heart and blood vessels and digestive system. The editors of these sections are outstanding authorities. The subject matter encompasses more than 500 articles published from July 1948 to May 1949 and is well integrated. The liberal use of illustrations and charts from the original papers adds greatly to the clarity of presentation. The frequent editorial comments are especially helpful in evaluation of the significance of a particular work and in maintenance of proper perspective. The text is easily readable; a subject index further enhances the usefulness of the review. This book

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