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The first edition of this book was published in 1916. It was a new kind of textbook of pathology. It was not divided into general and special pathology. No attempt was made to describe systematically all diseases of each organ. It made no claims as a book of reference. Many sections in the conventional textbook of pathology were omitted. It discussed general principles of pathology as brought out and illustrated by the study of the more important common diseases. Predictions were made that it would not be a successful textbook. But here is its fifth edition, "thoroughly revised." Wherein lies the strength of MacCallum's book? Several factors must be considered. First, the soundness of the general plan of the book. The fundamentals of pathology can be taught successfully by the direct study of what takes place in the body in representative diseases of various kinds. For the inculcation of the
A Text-Book of Pathology. JAMA. 1932;99(26):2209. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740780061034
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