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October 30, 1937

Aids to Pathology

JAMA. 1937;109(18):1478. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780440068037

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Six previous editions have proved the usefulness of this little book, which for its size contains a remarkable amount of information. It is a concise treatise of general and systemic pathology to which the clinical picture has often been added. The style is somewhat dogmatic and thus certain inaccuracies are found, such as the statement that aneurysm leads to hypertrophy of the left ventricle. One unusual feature is the use of classical quotations in describing certain phases of diseases, for instance, the description of syphilis by Shakespeare. It is also interesting to read in such a small volume, in the chapter on coronary arteries, that John Hunter died of coronary thrombosis. The book is written for the use of the student and the practitioner. While the former will gain much information, it may be a little confusing to him because of the abundance of material presented. On the other hand,

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