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The "Reference Hand-Book of the Medical Sciences," one of the great encyclopedic works on medicine, is being revised, and the first volume of the new edition is before us. The first volume of the original work was issued in the fall of 1885, and the last in 1887, thirteen years ago. To bring out a revised edition of such a work is no small undertaking, but if it is to continue to fill the place it occupied, the re-writing of the book is necessary. The changes and the advancement of the last decade and a half have made the greater part of the work obsolete. Comparing the first volume of the new with the first volume of the old, one realizes that most of the matter has been re-written. While occasionally the same article is reproduced, this is exceptional, and not only is the new rewritten, but, as a rule,
A Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences. Embracing the Entire Range of Scientific and Practical Medicine and Allied Science.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(2):121–122. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470020049025