June 1941

Die Geschichte der Schwindsucht.

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By Dr. Richard Bochalli. Price, 4.30 marks. Pp. 73. Leipzig: Georg Thieme, 1940.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;67(6):1290. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200060193021

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This booklet of 73 pages deals with what was called phthisis before the time of Bichat, and it is evident that the term includes tuberculosis of the lungs, to the history of which a second volume will be devoted.

The author does not avoid the danger of overemphasizing the merits of our great medical forebears, particularly in the field of therapy. This is a rather prevalent error in such treatises. Another individual error is the author's reference to passive motion when a patient is carried in a chair or other conveyance. It is perfectly true that this is passive motion, but it is not the kind of passive motion generally understood in medicine.

Even if the author does not seem a profound student or always a clear thinker, the monograph may be perused with some profit.

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