March 1937

The Art of Treatment.

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By William R. Houston, M.D. Price, $5. Pp. 744. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(3):559-560. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170190194014

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This is a most interesting and attractive piece of work. The author has attempted to write so as to stimulate intelligent thinking along therapeutic lines, and certainly he has gone far toward accomplishing this aim.

This book is not a textbook on therapeutics in the ordinary sense, little emphasis being laid on drugs and their administration. However, a great deal of independent reasoning and homely philosophy are put forth to drive home the facts that in successful therapy the patient rather than his disease must be treated, that vastly more is not known concerning treatment than is known concerning it and, finally, when all is said and done, that most therapeutic conceptions and plans are simple —success turning largely on doing simple things well rather than on carrying out elaborate procedures inadequately.

The book is divided into seven parts, and by all odds the longest part is that which deals

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