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April 16, 1932

Black's Medical Adviser for the Home.

JAMA. 1932;98(16):1405. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730420063039

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This volume is prepared as an encyclopedia for the public and quite obviously for an intelligent public. The author does not hesitate to use distinctly medical terms or to prescribe various methods of treatment, even including such prescriptions as 20 grains of chloral, amyl nitrite and similar preparations. The descriptions of diseases are too brief to be of much value. Little or nothing is said about causes and still less about prophylaxis. Even with these limitations, however, the volume is still to be encouraged because in general it is quite sound and after all offers to the public some information in a field in which information is largely needed and in which few competent books exist.

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