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January 31, 1931

A Text-Book of Pathology.

JAMA. 1931;96(5):381. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720310071035

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This book presents in a concisely written, accurate way a summary of the major facts of general and special pathology. If economy of printed space and saving of the reader's time are prime objects in a day of increasing textbook size, this one has achieved notable success. Nevertheless it is open to question whether a book primarily for medical students, even for beginning medical students, should treat certain individual subjects quite so tersely. Two pages for embolism and less than three for passive hyperemia seem hardly adequate for subjects usually assigned several days of classroom discussion. Few teachers would not feel compelled to supplement much of the general pathology with reading in the larger competing textbooks of the subject. It should be stated, however, that the compression is effected rather by brevity, simplicity and precision of statement, and by the omission of argument, than by omission of important facts. The

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