July 1972

Pathology: A Dynamic Introduction to Medicine and Surgery.

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Los Angeles


By Thomas Martin Percy, MD, and Frank Nelson Miller, Jr, MD. Price, $9.50. Pp 880. Little Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(1):156. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650010134041

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This is a dandy little book. Although brief, it is full and wastes few words. Its best feature is the outline approach with nothing but "core" delivered in terse cryptic tones. Another fine feature is the excellent correlation between clinical, morphologic, and laboratory findings serving as a bridge between the basic and clinical sciences.

As with most textbooks, there are some glaring errors, especially in the area of diseases related to drug abuse. The statement that "there are over 1,000 deaths due to barbiturate poisoning in the United States annually" is a gross underestimate. There are over 500 such deaths annually in Los Angeles County alone. The two sentences on amphetamine refer only to "jags" from ingesting inhalers, a trivial event compared to the hundreds of thousands of serious amphetamine abusers in this country. On the positive side, there is an excellent section devoted to "Untoward Effects of Therapeutic Agents"—so

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