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November 1932

Classic Descriptions of Disease.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;44(5):1147. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950120229022

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This most unusual and pleasing volume should be a part of every medical library. In the past few years we have been so used to thinking of the advance of medicine as a series of laboratory experiments that we have almost overlooked the factor most essential to medical advance, accurate clinical observation.

No book with which the reviewer is familiar has traced this clinical observation from its beginnings on as does this book. It is interesting to follow through the various descriptions and different phases of disease pictures by the various writers from centuries ago up to the present time. One is struck by the amount of reading that the author must have done and the intelligent way in which he must have chosen his reading.

The book is well illustrated and should be an inspiration to clinical teachers and clinical observers. In this day of high prices, the price,

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