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Book Reviews
December 1935

The Principles and Practices of Medicine.

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By Sir William Osler. Revised by Thomas McCrae. Price, $8.50. Pp. 1196, with 22 illustrations. New York D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1935.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(6):1634. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970120286023

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Abstract

The continued popularity of Osler's "Principles and Practice of Medicine" is well established, and the recently published twelfth edition should increase it.

The customary simple, concise plan is followed, and the material is well presented in the new type face which, while permitting more words per page, is easily read. The book opens with the familiar discussion of typhoid fever. This disease is not common enough to deserve this prominent position, but the discussion serves as an admirable example from which the plan of presentation of other diseases is derived.

McCrae mentions the difficulty of selecting the points of permanent value from the mass of material available. However, the changes since the eleventh edition which are present throughout the book show a careful and sane selection.

The continued use of British statistics in the presentation of disease incidence is probably not as intelligible to American students as it might be,

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