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April 10, 1967

Osler's Textbook Revisited: Reprint of Selected Sections With Commentaries

JAMA. 1967;200(2):186. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120150142052

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Abstract

The very name of Osler exerts a magic which brings back into focus a great physician and a great humanist. Outstanding among his medical achievements was his famous textbook. While very few presentday physicians want to read out-of-date textbooks, quite a few may want to dip into one written by Osier. For those who want to savor his medical experience, Appleton-Century-Crofts have reprinted selections from the seventh edition (1909), the last one which Osler wrote without collaboration. The editors have furnished a short introduction which provides some interesting information on the actual writing of the book and its subsequent course.

The new volume reprints 17 chapters from Osler, including those on typhoid fever, pneumonia, rheumatic fever, diabetes mellitus, pernicious anemia, and angina pectoris. For each chapter the editors have selected a prominent specialist to write a short commentary.

The book will probably receive highly favorable reviews in the medical journals,

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