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October 2, 1967

Bedside Medicine

JAMA. 1967;202(1):76. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130140134045

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Retaining a distinctive personal style despite double authorship, this discursive book deals authoritatively with a wide range of clinical topics. The approach is often subjective. Personal preferences are reflected in selection and arrangement of subjects, in nuances of emphasis, and in omissions as conspicuous as that of alcohol cardiomyopathy from the cardiomyopathy section. Absence of references, illustrations, and diagrams enhance the subjective informality of the book, and paradoxically, its appeal to the sophisticated reader who seeks respite from customary patterns that we find in most books.

Bedside Medicine abounds in reminiscences, anecdotes, ironic asides, and fascinating case reports. Few books provide so much historic background, biographic data, and geographic settings. Where else can one find a professional note on Pick, an informative reference to Garcia, and a case report of pericarditis afflicting the Nobel laureate Finsen —all on the same page?

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