ed 4. Edited by Douglas Gairdner, MA, DM, FRCP, David Hull, BSc, MB, MRCP. Price, $19.50. Pp 567, with 83 illustrations. J & A Churchill, 104 Gloucester PI, London; Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1971.
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When asked why British medical authors write better than American ones, my senior mentor said, without hesitation, that the reason is that the English are not under the illusion that half of its youth should receive higher education. Here is an example of how a group of pediatricly oriented British physicians has produced a distinguished collection of short monographs with, on the whole, better constructed paragraphs, actually notable in many instances for style and syntax, than those usually found in American medical books. With what seems, at times, an overwhelming plethora of medical articles, excellent as to information, one is naturally delighted to find information of a high quality and distinguished writing at the same time. Actually, Salvatore Raiti of Baltimore, and Robert Good and Dominique Frommel of Minneapolis contribute, with credit, to the book.
In medical texts, however, it is information and not quality of writing that is
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