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April 12, 1913

Internal Medicine.

JAMA. 1913;60(15):1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340150062031

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Treatises on internal medicine or the practice of medicine can be placed in three categories; the first is an encyclopedic compilation as full and complete as the author can make; the second is more or less complete but contains the experience of a great clinician; the third is written for the writer's students. Our author frankly says in his preface that some treatises he finds "too long, too rich in information for those entering on the study of medicine." He has therefore made a book between such as are brief categories of facts and those that are complete and encyclopedic. While we do not recognize the need of such a book, and while a practitioner cannot get from this book all the information he will want on the subjects treated, the writer has accomplished fairly well what he set out to do.

Treatment is described in a superficial way. For instance,

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