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November 1967

The Principles and Practice of Medicine.

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By Sir Stanley Davidson, MD, FRCP. Price, $11.25. Pp 1342, with 83 figures, 11 plates, and 17 tables. The Williams & Wilkins Co., 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(5):639-640. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300040123030

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When I first received this book to review I followed my usual practice; I kept it on my desk and tried to use it as a reference. The first two subjects upon which I sought help were not listed—paroxysmal hemoglobinuria and cystinosis. It is obviously a much smaller volume than the usual general medical textbook published in the United States, and so I began my review convinced it was an inferior product. I was surprised to learn from the prefaces that, since 1952, there have been eight editions and seven large reprintings.

Well, after spending several hours leafing through the pages and stopping to read whenever it caught my fancy, I have decided it is not an inferior product. It is easy to understand its appeal. Most of the space has been devoted "to those disorders most commonly encountered in practice." It is written with a unity of style, simplicity,

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