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September 3, 1938

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia. Cloth

JAMA. 1938;111(10):966. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790360074034

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A great volume of this type is an indication of the tremendous mass of scientific knowledge now assembled in many fields. In the development of this book ten contributing editors and eleven consulting editors have participated. Apparently the only physician concerned is Dr. R. Sterling Mueller, instructor in surgery in Columbia University. One finds many medical subjects rather inadequately treated. If one is to believe the initials at the end of the article on cancer, it was written by Warren K. Green, professor of astronomy at Amherst College, in collaboration with Dr. Mueller. Our absence of knowledge of certain phases of cancer would indicate that a professor of astronomy might be the ideal collaborator for such a purpose. The article dealing with carbuncles is written jointly by the geologist and the doctor because it turns out that a carbuncle is another name for a stone called a garnet. The discussion

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