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March 1941

The Fundamentals of Internal Medicine.

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By Wallace M. Yater, M.D. Price, $9.00. Pp. 1,021, with 255 illustrations. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1940.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;67(3):707-708. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200030237023

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The number of new textbooks of medicine to appear in recent years indicates that no really satisfactory one volume treatise is available; the subject has become so large and abstruse that the old fashioned descriptive "practice" is now pretty much out of order. Discussions usually center on the question of whether one man can write the ideal medical textbook or whether it should be compounded out of the essays of a group of authorities and whether it should be encyclopedic or more especially designed to bring out some homogeneous point of view for the student. These problems are not solved, nor is there ever again likely to be a wholly satisfactory one volume textbook of medicine. That has gone with the coming of television, the airplane and the radio. The tempo of medicine is too fast!

Dr. Yater's book represents an excellent and successful attempt to state in simple, concise

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