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A second edition of a work is too often only such in name, being merely a reissue of the same book with enough changes in the subject-matter to make it possible to call it revised. As we stated in reviewing the first volume, this issue of the Reference Handbook is more than a new edition—it is practically a new book; more than half of the matter being entirely new. Volume IV carries us from "ergot" to "infiltrations," and is in every respect equal to the preceding volume. To critically review in detail a work of such magnitude is out of the question and we can only repeat what we said of the previous volumes, that it shows that when completed this reference handbook will be as nearly as it is possible to make it, an up-to-date cyclopedia of medical science, and a reliable reference work for men in every line
A Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences, Embracing the Entire Range of Scientific and Practical Medicine and Allied Science.. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):213. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480300037023