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November 12, 1938

A Text-Book of Pathology: An Introduction to Medicine

JAMA. 1938;111(20):1874. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790460068031

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The first edition was published in 1932 and contained 906 pages and 287 illustrations; the third edition, with 1,064 pages, 459 illustrations and sixteen colored plates is an indication of the popularity of this textbook among medical students. As stated in the preface of the first edition, it is written with a single purpose, namely to enable the student to "gain a grasp of the fundamental principles of the subject" without dissipation of his energy in "intriguing rareties or the newest notion of the moment." Numerous paragraphs—in small type in the new edition—on the "relation of symptoms to lesions" demonstrates the "practical" value of pathology in diagnosis. The author's literary style is clear and concise, and by the use of apt allusions and deft turns of phrase the subject of pathology is made interesting, one might almost say entertaining. In addition to the increased number of illustrations, a mass of

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