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December 6, 1947

Textbook of Medicine

JAMA. 1947;135(14):951. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890140071029

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This textbook, which has had little use in this country, has been notably successful in England, as evidenced by the fact that eight editions and four reprintings have appeared in the past eighteen years. Sixteen writers in addition to the editor contribute the various sections. A wide range of medical matters is discussed. Attention is given to infections, tuberculosis, venereal diseases, tropical diseases, parasitic infestations, endocrine disorders and intoxications. In addition, sections which are not generally found in similar textbooks are included. Among the latter are a section on therapy with sulfonamides and penicillin, a chapter on the commoner diseases of infants and on psychiatric disorders, common skin diseases, life insurance examinations and aviation medicine. A table of normal values for various biochemical substances is placed among the first pages of the book.

The arrangement of sections on various diseases is along lines first employed by Osler and now quite

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