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June 1, 1907

Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Medicine.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(22):1880-1881. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520480058020

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A text-book of medicine requires great merit to take an equal place with the excellent ones we have already and a newcomer must expect to be closely inspected. It may be said at once that Dr. Edwards has succeeded in keeping up the high standard which has been set by the best American works. The objects which he has kept before him are to associate the causative pathology with the clinical feature, to give reasons for facts, not to magnify exceptions, and to avoid typical pictures and dogmatic generalizations. In doing this it must not be inferred that he has not given general descriptions, although more attention is placed on the assembling of the various parts of the whole picture. The work contains an enormous amount of detail, and many of the sections might be put in a work on physical diagnosis. This, however, may be an advantage to the

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