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July 1971

Current Therapy 1971: Latest Approved Methods of Treatment for the Practicing Physician

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ed 23. Edited by Howard F. Conn, MD. Price, $16.00. Pp 836. WB Saunders Co, W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1971.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(1):91-92. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110010127032

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It is extremely difficult to comprehensively review a textbook of therapeutics containing 16 sections, covering roughly 300 topics and contributed to by over 300 authors. It is not entirely clear for what type of practitioner the book is intended since it covers material pertinent to pediatricians, internists, obstetricians, general practitioners, etc. Some sections are well written, comprehensive, and detailed. Other sections, which may be dealing with common, complex problems are extremely superficial in presentation.

The inclusion on the title page of the phrase "latest approved methods for treatment" is misleading. It has an authoritative ring which certainly does not reflect the controversies which exist in the treatment of many diseases. That "all articles have been written by physicians who are actively engaged in the treatment of the diseases of which they write" by no means confers authority since all physicians have their biases. In many instances, the modes of therapy

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