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October 22, 1949

Fundamentals of Internal Medicine

JAMA. 1949;141(8):568. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910080068030

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The first edition of this book appeared in 1938. It originally was designed to present the essentials of internal medicine in the simplest possible form for students and practitioners. This objective has been achieved.

There are eighteen contributors in addition to Dr. Yater. Nevertheless, the simple style and concise presentation has been maintained throughout. The four closing chapters are somewhat unusual and deal, respectively, with "Symptomatic and Supportive Treatment," "Inhalational Therapy," "Clinical Values and Useful Tables" and "The Physician Himself," the latter including brief discussions of internships, licensure, specialist certification, medical ethics and similar nonscientific material, all of which is interesting and useful.

Dr. Yater remarks in the preface to this edition that he was struck with the tremendous number of changes and additions necessary. Indeed, this problem must have been faced by everyone revising a textbook during the past few years.

The attempt at simplification may have gone too

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