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April 23, 1938

Medicine: Essentials for Practitioners and Students

JAMA. 1938;110(17):1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790170075038

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For this edition the articles on several subjects, including pneumonitis, arachnoiditis, Niemann-Pick disease and barbiturate poisoning, have been rewritten. Several therapeutic additions have been made, including the use of prontosil, congo red, benzedrine and gold salts. Many other sections have been altered or revised. The book does not include sections on psychologic or dermatologic medicine, but even with those omissions the 700-odd pages are scarcely enough for adequate discussions of the remaining diseases—in fact, some sections are scarcely more than catalogues. The book suffers from the obvious necessity of discussing many diseases in limited space, and much essential information about many diseases has not been included. To beginning medical students, however, whose necessities require only the more prominent features of a large number of conditions, it may be useful. It seems doubtful whether it will replace in this country any of the excellent medical textbooks of indigenous origin.

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