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This is essentially a practical book for the general practitioner. If he wishes to know if there is some new development in the diagnosis or treatment of a disease, he will probably find some helpful reference to it in the book, with bibliography for more intensive reading. It combines the three lines of attack on that common enemy, disease. It refers to the broad principles of preventive medicine, emphasizing predisposing as well as exciting causes; to the new methods of early diagnosis, and to means for the successful treatment of the individual case. The book is conservative in its recommendations, and the following quotation from Sir Humphrey Rolleston seems well worthy of repetition:
"Careful history-taking and a thorough physical examination, with the exhibition of a due proportion of clinical acumen and common sense, will, on the whole, serve the practitioner better than much laboratory lore. But the ideal is a
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ANNUAL, 1926.. Am J Dis Child. 1926;32(3):481. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1926.04130090158019