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February 2, 1924

Notes on the Medical Treatment of Disease. For Students and Young Practitioners of Medicine.

JAMA. 1924;82(5):415. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650310069044

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There is much good in these notes on medical treatment, by means of which the author aims to impress the broad principles of the medical treatment of the sick and to urge the importance of method in dealing with patients. It is exactly those parts that carry out these aims that impress one favorably, while those parts that do not differ from the method of presentation adopted in the standard textbooks on the practice of medicine might perhaps as well have been omitted. Our medical curriculums are too crowded to admit of duplication of work, even in so important a matter as treatment; and special courses on therapeutics will not establish themselves in medical schools until a different method of presentation is developed. In his chapter on routine in the management of the sick and in such sections as those on the general care of fevered patients, functional disturbances of

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