April 1948

Internal Medicine in General Practice.

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By Robert P. McCombs, M.D. Second edition. Price, $8. Pp. 741, with 122 illustrations. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1947.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(4):602. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220220173013

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The first edition of this text was reviewed favorably in the Archives in 1943. The revised second edition is a satisfactory work which this reviewer would be pleased to use for teaching senior medical students. The arrangement of the material is unusual for the major approach to disease states is through symptomatology rather than through morbid anatomy. The first two chapters, "Fundamentals of Diagnosis" and "Psychiatric Disorders," are well done and serve a useful function in a textbook of general medicine, since attention is directed sharply to the methods and difficulties of diagnosis. Throughout the book the author emphasizes the necessity of early, accurate diagnosis. In addition to the new material on psychiatric disorders, there is a new chapter on vascular disturbances of the extremities. The comments on therapeutic agents and diagnostic procedures have been revised and include appropriate up-to-date ma erial. The style is pleasantly conversational and easy to

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