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May 5, 1951

Wheeler and Jack's Handbook of Medicine

JAMA. 1951;146(1):74. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670010078040

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This book is designed to help medical students pass their final examinations. While the subjects discussed are numerous and the field very broad, the individual section on each disease is intentionally brief. The author aims only to give the fundamentals, with which the students may observe these conditions in the wards and possibly elsewhere for the details. The discussion of appendicitis, for example, occupies only two pages, including the etiology, morbid anatomy, symptoms and treatment. That this handbook has served its purpose is indicated by the fact that 11 editions have been published since 1894. The last previous edition was published 10 years ago. Dr. Robert Coope is a lecturer in clinical medicine, applied physiology and clinical chemistry at the University of Liverpool.

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