by William N. Kelley et al, 2,054+ pp, 1,459 illus, $98, 2 vol $110, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1981.
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Students of internal medicine have enjoyed the publication of a truly great textbook in their field in each quarter of the current century. William Osier, in 1892, published a revolutionary new text, The Principles and Practice of Medicine. This was based on the imaginative planning of a new curriculum for students and house staff, a template for medical education at the recently planned Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School in Baltimore. It was founded on advances in medical science, especially bacteriology, during the preceding decades. Osler listed no contributors or co-editors in his book. It was a solo but important academic effort; it remained the standard for decades and enjoyed innumerable editions, even a resurrection as recently as 1972. More than a quarter of a century after the initial edition of Osler, Russell L. Cecil of New York published his Textbook of Medicine in 1927 with the help of more
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