March 26, 1955

Textbook of Medicine

JAMA. 1955;157(13):1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950300098034

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The popularity of this textbook of medicine is shown by the fact that the present edition is the 11th one that has appeared since the first one 25 years ago. The list of contributors includes distinguished teachers and lecturers. Since the 10th edition, several sections have been largely rewritten and revised. In general the pattern followed in the description of diseases includes etiology, morbid anatomy and pathology, symptoms and signs, prognosis, and treatment. The rapidly changing field of therapeutics makes it difficult to keep sections on treatment in a book of this kind up-to-date. This is particularly true in infectious disease. The illustrations and plates are appropriately selected and well placed. The sections on infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, and diseases of the nervous system are outstanding. In addition to the regular text, the book contains three appendixes that deal with (1) examination for life assurance, (2) the sulfonamides

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