Book Reviews
July 1945

Trauma in Internal Diseases.

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By Rudolf A. Stern, M.D. Price, $6.75. Pp. 575. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1945.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;70(1):55. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020190062019

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This volume is a comprehensive review of the medical literature regarding the effect that trauma may play in causing internal disease. The book is divided into twenty chapters, each giving consideration to a special organ or group of organs. The text consists almost entirely of case reports and court rulings concerning the effect of injury and its relationship to disease. The author has attempted to point out the medicolegal significance of individual cases.

Many controversial problems are thoroughly presented, as, for example, the importance of psychic trauma in the causation of coronary thrombosis and peptic ulcer. The present reviewer does not accept the idea that essential hypertension, as discussed in this book, can be the result of injury, nor does he concur with the author in his opinion that acute toxic hepatitis, or, as stated in this text, "catarrhal jaundice," can be the result of trauma.

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