August 1940

Textbook of Medicine.

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By Various Authors. Edited by J. J. Conybeare, M.C., D.M. Oxon., F.R.C.P., Physician to Guy's Hospital, London. Price, #6.75. Pp. 1112. Fourth edition. Baltimore: The Williams and Wilkins Company, 1939.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(2):529-530. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190140237015

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This fourth edition of Conybeare's textbook of medicine has had enough revision to keep it well abreast of the times. The chief addition is to the neurologic section, where 100 pages on "psychological medicine" have been added. One questions seriously whether the pages devoted to disorders of the nervous system are not superfluous, not only in this text but in any textbook of medicine intended primarily for medical students. Certainly in most didactic courses in neurology the instructor will prescribe one of the recognized neurologic texts; and the brief material of the medical text, if read at all, will only confuse a subject not too clear in any case. The same may be said of the sections which all texts of medicine contain on diseases of the skin. These chapters seldom exceed a hundred pages and are practically uniformly neglected in the ordinary courses on dermatology. Surely any textbook would

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