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March 11, 1961

Bedside Medicine

JAMA. 1961;175(10):928. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040100092037

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The author wrote this book with pleasure. At times he is chuckling at his colleagues and pupils; the reader may react with delight, dismay, astonishment, or even anger. It is a stimulating survey of diseases, doctors, medical history, and the life-long clinical experiences of a shrewd and widely-traveled teacher of medicine. For the family physician, or the practicing surgeon, this book should provide an entertaining review of old and recent ideas in many fields of medicine, as seen by an original mind. There are anecdotes from Dr. Snapper's ward rounds on 3 continents. Tropical medicine is presented from various aspects, with some stimulating notes on the lessons applicable in North America.

Doctor Snapper offers the suggestion that J. R. Mayer's inspiration for making the first careful measurement of the mechanical equivalent of heat came while he was bleeding men with beriberi in Java. Mayer was impressed by the redness of

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