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November 1968

Book Reviews

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(5):458. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00040010458017

The pathophysiologic explanations of disease—the machinations behind manifestations—have always attracted serious students of medicine. Each year origins are traced a step closer to ultimate sources as old tools are refined and new ones devised to permit deeper and deeper penetration to the core of the matter. Many fine books have been written in an effort to correlate mechanisms and manifestation, but none is superior to this magnificent offering by Talso and Remenchik. With the help of 31 contributors, they have compiled a comprehensive, authoritative text that embodies the virtues of crisp semantics, remarkable timeliness (for a textbook), and commendable brevity. It is designed primarily for medical students, and its occasional overtones of dogmatism are appropriate. Quite impressive are the summary charts and multitudes of original diagrams and drawings (with clear legends) that implement understanding of physiologic and pathogenetic pathways. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on basic mechanisms, cardiovascular diseases, and