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The authors have attempted to provide the student with an "inexpensive short textbook... a convenient and expendable manual of current medical practice rather than a large and comprehensive work 'which he can use all his life.' " Justification for their unique effort is the rapidity with which scientific texts seem out of date.
Although the book is not intended as a substitute for standard references, it is a broad survey with enough emphasis on recent developments to be of value to the practitioner and student alike.
To the stated aim of writing "of medicine as we have seen it and practiced it" the authors bring the virtues of clinical proficiency and literary excellence. Anyone who sees patients will recognize a familiar pattern in the organization and classification of disease; and the descriptions of physical findings will be of interest to experienced clinicians. The style is exemplary in its clarity and economy
Davis JC. A Short Textbook of Medicine.. JAMA. 1963;186(2):168. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710020088036