By Henry Brainerd, MD, Sheldon Margen, MD, and Milton J. Chatton, MD. Price, $9.50. Pp 758, with 9 illustrations. Lange Medical Publications, Box 1215, Los Altos, Calif, 1962.
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In the preface to this book is set down the authors' design that it "... serve the practicing physician as a useful desk reference on the most widely accepted techniques currently available for diagnosis and treatment. It is not intended to be used as a textbook of medicine." It appears to this reviewer that both these ends have been attained. It does not replace the "standard" textbooks of medicine that have spread in breadth and depth to about 2,000 pages. In the bustling of dayto-day practice, the concise manner with which a disease entity is handled as to essentials of diagnosis, definitions, discussions of etiology, pathogenesis, clinical findings, differential diagnosis, complications, course, prognosis, and treatment cause me to reach for it frequently and usually profitably. The first edition which appeared in 1962 was 85 pages shorter and a dollar cheaper. The 1963 edition has been improved on, perhaps, by the inclusion
Galbraith WB. Current Diagnosis and Treatment, 1962.. Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(5):805-806. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860050192050