February 1948

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Diarrheal Diseases.

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By William Z. Fradkin, M.D. Price, $6. Pp. 254. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1947.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(2):247. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220200135020

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This is the age of monographs, so that now one can find a book on almost any disease. The present volume is based on a different principle and deals with all the conditions featured by a certain symptom, namely diarrhea. There are chapters on diarrhea caused by protozoa, by bacteria, by mechanical factors and by glandular and other disorders. The final chapter is on diarrhea caused by miscellaneous conditions. The book really deals, therefore, with an arbitrary cross section of the whole field of medicine, rather than with any homogeneous subject. In the effort to discuss every condition in which diarrhea may be a feature, space in a small book naturally is at a premium. Cholera, for example, is disposed of in two pages, which seems brief when it is considered that a page each is given to syphilitic and gonococcic diarrheas. An outstanding feature of the book is the

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