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September 21, 1940

Le guide therapeutique du médecin praticien

JAMA. 1940;115(12):1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810380075037

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The task the authors have set themselves is a pretentious one indeed; namely, to encompass the entire field of therapeutics in a manual consisting of eight small format volumes, viz. (1) infections and intoxications; (2) diseases of the respiratory organs; (3) diseases of the digestive tract; (4) cardiovascular and urinary diseases; (5) nervous and mental diseases; (6) diseases of children; (7) eye, ear, nose and throat diseases, and (8) genito-urinary and cutaneous diseases. The last three still await publication. A concise description of symptomatology of each disease is followed by recommendation of a suitable dietary regimen, hygienic measures, general and local treatment, including physical therapy, irradiation and spas; prescriptions follow. As the authors claim that the majority of patients prefer proprietary medicines to officinal preparations, the first group dominates the picture. As to the spas, only French watering resorts are mentioned. A cursory perusal of the five volumes has disclosed

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