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The first edition of this book was presented as a commonsense, practical handbook for the medical practitioner. The second edition is addressed to a wider but less clearly defined audience, including families and members of the allied health professions. This change has made the book less concise and effective.
The first part, dealing with specific problems, remains a practical clinical guide. Some sections, such as that on management of advanced cancer, contain new information which would be useful to a practitioner unfamiliar with recent developments in cancer chemotherapy. Others, such as the section on hemiplegia, are essentially unaltered. Many useful empirical forms of treatment are suggested, but some recommendations can be challenged, as for example, the use of estrogens for their "tonic" effect and routine diagnostic catheterization of the bladder in female patients.
The second section, on general principles, describes the roles of various participants in the care of the
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