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The author states that this book was designed to make available in simple form for students and practitioners the essentials of the entire subject of internal medicine. The first edition appeared in 1938 and was reprinted in 1940, 1941 and 1942; and the book now is in its second edition. For any book to have made such a record of popularity in so short a time means, of course, that it has had an unusually successful career.
The Archives reviewed the first edition on two occasions (64:1129 [Nov.] 1939; 67:707-708 [March] 1941). Both reviews appear to have been written by practitioners rather than by students. Each reviewer confessed a slight disappointment at the character of the work, saying, in effect, that it was no more than an outline of medicine, so that adequate discussion of any important disease was lacking.
The second edition, which is the first brought
Fundamentals of Internal Medicine.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1944;74(5):412. doi:10.1001/archinte.1944.00210230104010