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March 19, 1938

Diseases of the Ear, Throat, and Nose

JAMA. 1938;110(12):923-924. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790120065028

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Books of this character written for the general practitioner and medical student are frequently disappointing. Generally they are small, but their size is no indication of conciseness. Their lack of bulk is frequently an attempt to keep the cost down. Catering, as he does, to the tastes of a special group, the author frequently attempts to give the reader what he thinks the reader wants. The result is a lack of emphasis on the disagreeable, such as anatomy and physiology, and a great deal of emphasis on the technic of operative procedures, many of which the reader in question is unqualified to do. Should he wish to do them his training, of course, would have to be obtained in a far different way than by reading. This book is, however, an agreeable surprise. It is truly concise. There are a good many illustrations which are clear and to the point

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