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Book Reviews
August 1926

DIAGNOSTISCHE UND THERAPEUTISCHE IRRTÜMER UND DEREN VERHÜTUNG; KINDERHEILKUNDE, J. SCHWALBE, ZWEITES HEFT, KRANKHEITEN DES SAUGLINGSALTERS.

Am J Dis Child. 1926;32(2):323-324. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1926.04130080163016

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Abstract

L. F. Meyer devotes 156 pages to the diagnostic and therapeutic errors and their prevention in the diseases of infancy. The title is somewhat misleading, the subtitles giving a better idea of the scope of the work, "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Errors in Diseases of the New-Born," and "Errors in the Physiology and Pathology of Nutrition." The little volume is written in the author's usual interesting manner. In the introduction, he quotes an old physician, "The true diagnostician and therapeutist is the physician at the bedside. What he sees and does, does not fit in any system and can only rarely be laid down in writing. All our teachings to observe patients obtained from books and in the lecture room can only be general." The "experienced" physician is much emphasized in the book, and to a certain extent justly, but, particularly in the field of therapeutics, human frailty can play the

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