Edited by Sir Heneage Ogilvie, K.B.E., D.M., M.Ch., and William A. R. Thomson, M.D. Practitioner Handbooks. Second edition. Cloth. 25s. Pp. 380, with 99 illustrations. Published on behalf of Practitioner by Eyre & Spottiswoode, Ltd., 14-16 Bedford St., Strand, London, W.C.2, 1952.
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This book is one of a series of ready reference medical information for the practicing clinician. This edition, which follows by 14 years the first edition, has been thoroughly revised. New chapters deal with administration of antibiotics, hormone implantation therapy, practical procedures in gynecology, practical procedures in ophthalmology, examination of the throat and larynx, the technique of biopsy, the measurement and significance of gastric secretion, enemas and examination of the rectum, and immunization and vaccination. The various practical procedures used in clinical practice are presented in a simple manner, but with full attention to a description of details of performance and to the rationale. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field.
Detracting from the usefulness of the book to American readers is the use throughout the text of typically British terminology. In the chapter on blood transfusion, under the discussion of Rh factors, the British designations C,
Practical Procedures.. JAMA. 1952;150(15):1547. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150101039