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This edition continues the policy set forth in the first, which appeared in 1939; it supplies in the briefest possible space the minimum of information necessary to deal with diagnosis and principles of treatment in clinical medicine exclusive of surgery. Subjects of special value to the internist in the armed forces have been added. Others, including primary atypical pneumonia, blood typing, hypoproteinemia, steatorrhea, sarcoidosis and coccidioidomycosis, have been revised or rewritten. A preliminary evaluation of the use of penicillin also has been included. There are fourteen contributors, including Dr. Yater. This is a true textbook rather than a reference book: the elimination of much material found in many similar publications unfits it to serve most reference purposes. Preparation of a book of this kind is now a colossal task. The appearance of a new edition at this time constitutes prima facie evidence of its popularity.
Fundamentals of Internal Medicine. JAMA. 1944;126(8):527. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850430061031