Second edition. By Paul Williamson. Price, $13.50. Pp448. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1962.
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Here is a second edition of the do-it-yourself manual which every family physician needs when he enters practice. Where else can one find simple instructions and clear drawings which show how to carry out the everyday procedures of ordinary practice? Dr. Williamson has sections covering all major aspects of medical practice including psychiatry. His advice and comments are often homely but are well founded in that uncommon commodity "common sense."
More and more our modern researchoriented medical schools are teaching students about diseases which people rarely have. The current recent graduate is better equipped to treat Addison's disease than diabetes. He can diagnose and cope effectively with a "ruptured disc," but is ill prepared for simple strains. Dr. Williamson directs his attention to those ailments with which ordinary people are ordinarily afflicted. Reliable information about how to deal effectively with these conditions is hard to come by, hence the usefulness
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