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April 2, 1955

The Principles and Practice of Medicine: A Textbook for Students and Doctors

JAMA. 1955;157(14):1263. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950310089032

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There are some who insist that it is impossible to bring out today a book in which therapeutics is included without the risk of its being out of date before it is ready for the reader. Medical discoveries are announced more rapidly than it is possible for printers to move. Nevertheless, there are fundamental concepts that are sound, and a basic knowledge is sufficient to permit the issuance of textbooks with less fear than might be imagined. Davidson's book is such a volume. It is sufficiently small to be handy and yet large enough to be helpful and informative for the medical student and average practicing physician. It has an English background, but this does not hinder its usefulness elsewhere in the world, as medical knowledge is shared much more quickly today than a decade or two ago. Furthermore, the list of contributors to this book is impressive, and their

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