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The first edition of this index appeared in 1907, and evidently the work has since had a successful life of twenty-nine years, for new editions have been forthcoming at appropriate intervals in an effort to keep it up to date. American medical men, on the whole, have not been too enthusiastic over it. In the book's early days, for example, The Journal of the American Medical Association (50:2148 [June 27] 1908) greeted it coldly: "The work is intended to provide the practitioner with a complete guide to treatment, and the services of a large number of eminent authors whose names carry weight with English-speaking physicians have been made use of. The result is as satisfactory as a book constructed on this plan can well be." The reviews of subsequent editions have been equally lukewarm.
On the other hand, in England the "Index" appears to be more generally liked. The British
An Index of Treatment.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(2):366. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170180193010