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May 24, 1947

A B C of Medical Treatment

JAMA. 1947;134(4):406. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880210084038

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This "pocket size" book is divided into several parts: the major part, comprising 142 small pages, is devoted to sketches of the therapy of about 235 diseases of main symptoms; the second largest section comprises 57 pages on diets; then there follows 1 page on dosage for children, 2 pages on penicillin and not quite 4 pages of index. The author states that his purpose in writing the book has been "to provide a brief account of the treatment of the more common medical ailments," and there is ample evidence that both he and his collaborator, a dietitian, have not slighted their task. This is not a book put together in slipshod fashion; indeed, the conciseness of many of the thumbnail sketches it contains is admirable. But one is at a loss to understand what is gained by such an achievement. Surely in our time, when therapeutics is mounting to

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