May 1961

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

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There are 60 consulting editors and more than 2,100 contributors. Price, $175. Pp. 9,100, with 9,700 illustrations. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 W. 42d St., New York 36, 1960.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(5):794-795. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620050160030

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