March 1948

Principles and Practice of Medicine.

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By Henry A. Christian, M.D. Sixteenth edition. Price, $10. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1947.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(3):423. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220210177019

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Although the familiar format is maintained, one notes that Osler's name no longer appears on the back strip of this sixteenth edition of the famous textbook. The Osler tradition is, however, preserved in an essay by Dr. James G. Carr dealing with the progressive changes in the book from the first edition in 1892 through those compiled by McCrae and by Christian up to the present time.

No one could be better fitted to take over the important burden of preparing a textbook than Dr. Christian. He has thoroughly revised and brought up to date all the material in a precise and scholarly way. Space forbids detailed analysis. It may be said, however, that the general method of arrangement and classification used in recent editions is continued. Some of Osler's original descriptions still remain and indeed cannot be surpassed, although such phrases as "among women, anemic, dyspeptic servant girls seem

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