Book Reviews
July 1935

Tuberculosis: A Book for the Patient.

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By Fred G. Holmes. Price, Pp. 312. New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., Inc., 1935.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(1):302. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970070311024

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This nontechnical volume, dealing not only with various phases of tuberculosis and its treatment but also with the relationship of the patient to the physician, makes no pretense of presenting information of interest to the medical profession.

Holmes presents the subject in a conservative manner, but he unfortunately minimizes the importance of applying tuberculin tests to adults. The chapter devoted to the choice of physicians may tend, in certain instances, to disturb the patient's confidence in the family physician.

The advisability of discussing the disadvantages and complications of different types of collapse therapy, as has been done in this volume intended for the laity, is debatable. These questions might preferably be left to the physician, who, on the basis of his knowledge and judgment, is in a position not only to explain the indicated method of treatment in detail and to answer questions not adequately covered by a book, but

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