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December 2, 1950

Physician's Handbook

JAMA. 1950;144(14):1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920140079036

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It is amazing how many facts the authors have been able to compress into this small book. It is in a sense a counterpart for medicine to the well known "Handbook of Chemistry and Physics," and is similarly encyclopedic in its coverage. The first chapters are on general and specialized types of physical examinations. One is reminded, for example, how to test the fifth cranial nerve, or one may find a table showing the normal range of motion in ulnar deviation of the wrist. Then follow chapters on roentgen examinations, electrocardiography and special procedures in various specialties. The next sections are largely concerned with therapy; here, technics of treatment are described and a list of drugs and dosages given. Finally, most of the remainder of the book is concerned with laboratory technics, which are most simply and usefully stated.

No student or physician can ever remember all the facts he

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