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October 9, 1948

Handbook of Treatment and Medical Formulary

JAMA. 1948;138(6):462-463. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900060066033

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This book essentially is devoted to the treatment of various medical problems arranged alphabetically. The descriptions are brief, although statements on symptoms and physical findings are included for many of the diseases. The drugs proposed for treatment are usually presented as prescriptions. Official compendia and New and Nonofficial Remedies obviously have been used and respected by the author, although occasionally there may be examples of remedies that might be questioned by some clinicians. The book is too brief for use other than quick reference. It is not intended, however, as a voluminous source of information; references are included for those desiring additional details. Obviously there are some who insist that comparatively brief outlines are inadequate for use by the student and practitioner, but, such books often provide information which is needed quickly. Furthermore, there are many persons who wish to be informed concerning what is usually an effective treatment, leaving

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