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November 1952

Textbook of Medicine.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;90(5):729. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240110155023

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Those who are familiar with the first edition of "Conybeare" (1929) will hardly know it in its 1952 form. It is a considerably enlarged volume; 17 authors now appear in the table of contents.

This is really an excellent book. Well written and concise, it gives most of the essentials. In places one could wish for a little more detail in therapeutic directions. The section on gastrointestinal disease, as is true of all textbooks, is the weakest, perhaps from the nature of the subject. The section on gastritis is certainly outmoded. The chapters on the heart seem somewhat split up, and in the section on the treatment of congestive failure one finds no direct discussion of digitalis.

It is easy, however, to carp at small points. On the whole, praise is due to the editors and authors for a good job.

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