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July 8, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(2):154. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640020066037

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Only a clinician of the widest bedside experience could have written such a book as this. The volume is based on the assumption that the first element in therapy is correct diagnosis, and the book is intended only for those capable of making correct diagnoses. Throughout it stresses the necessity of attention to the details of the individual case; for all patients, no matter what the disease, the mind must be kept at rest, the surroundings agreeable and composed, the food appetizing. It is really interestingly written, which is saying a great deal for a book of therapeutic opinions. One notes certain omissions, for instance, the absence of a discussion of protein sensitization in bronchial asthma and its therapeutic indications. The casual remark on serum therapy in pneumonia leaves one in much doubt. To those American readers who are accustomed to consider the treatment of gastric ulcer as possible along

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