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May 18, 1907

American Practice of Surgery. A Complete System of the Science and Art of Surgery by Representative Surgeons of the United States and Canada.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(20):1696-1697. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520460052019

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The first volume of this work was recently reviewed in extenso in these pages, and the second volume, just received, maintains the same general standard. In part vi, which deals with such infections as leprosy, plague, glanders, anthrax, actinomycosis, mycetoma, rhinopharyngitis mutilans and scurvy, the space assigned to some of the subjects is entirely out of proportion to the importance of the subject. For instance, twenty-seven pages are devoted to leprosy, a rare curiosity in this country, and but five pages to actinomycosis, with but a single paragraph on symptomatology, although actinomycosis is common in comparison with leprosy and presents such varied manifestations as to make it worthy of more thorough consideration. In the chapter on syphilis, it is stated that "up to the present time the cause of syphilis has not been discovered," notwithstanding the fact that the claims made for the Spirocheta pallida as the infectious agent seem

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