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July 3, 1926

The Art of Medical Treatment. With Reference Both to the Patient and to His Friends.

JAMA. 1926;87(1):53. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680010053033

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Dr. Palfrey has provided what is in every sense of the word a practical book, replete with suggestions as to the care of the patient. The therapeutic directions are classified under the headings first thoughts, placing, the diet, remedial, supportive, palliative, minor care, nursing, information and preventive. The material under the heading "information" usually appears in other books under prognosis, although in this instance the physician is even told carefully what he may tell the patient's friends. The prescriptions are in practically every instance for pharmacopeial or well established products, and quite simple in their compounding. The rapid progress of our knowledge is responsible for several instances in which the book fails to mention methods of treatment that have been developed within the past year, particularly in tetany and scarlet fever. Following the discussion of treatment of various diseases are appendixes on the general topic of stimulation, bed-sores, communicable diseases,

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