April 1, 1911

A Handbook of Practical Treatment.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130056033

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Renewed interest in therapeutics is indicated by the publication of several recent works dealing with diseases specially from the standpoint of treatment. This interest accounts for the present work, which is to consist of three volumes and to comprise both a discussion of general principles and a detailed application of methods to individual diseases. The first volume, a book of 909 pages, is before us. It presents the views of a large number of writers and exhibits the faults as well as the virtues of the composite book. Most of the articles, however, are excellent, as might be expected from the names of the authors.

The introductory article by Musser gives a brief but excellent discussion of the relation of therapeutics to biologic processes and the defensive actions of the organisms.

The article on serotherapy, by Hektoen, is an excellent one, and presents this important subject in a scientific manner,

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