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July 8, 1933

The Medical Annual: A Year Book of Treatment and Practitioner's Index.

JAMA. 1933;101(2):163. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740270067038

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The Medical Annual begins with a review of its past, including a great series of portraits of present and past contributors. The remainder of the book is essentially a dictionary of medicine prepared by many writers, who call attention to recently published articles. In the introduction, the authors point with pride to new material on the use of inhalations of carbon dioxide, new studies of the blood, the use of cortin in Addison's disease, and changes in the methods of treating meningitis, scarlet fever and dysentery. In their comparison of various hypnotics they insist that chloral hydrate and barbital are the cheapest and best of the nonalkaloidal hypnotics and they recommend smaller doses than are ordinarily used; namely, 2½ grains (0.16 Gm.). Attention is also paid to new points of view in gynecology, one of the points being that cresol as an antiseptic is better replaced by brilliant green in

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