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July 27, 1940

Shock: Blood Studies as a Guide to Therapy

JAMA. 1940;115(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810300065033

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The elaborate format of this book seems disproportionate to its content. Parsimonious economy of space alternates with profligate waste of it. A historical summary and review of all preceding work on shock is compressed into eight pages, in which 280 references are cited. Toxemia as a cause for shock is presented and refuted in thirty lines. Citations of authors are substituted for analysis of evidence. Sixteen pages is devoted to potassium and four to all other chemical variations. Stripped of titles, tabulations and figures, the textual matter in parts I and II would fill about forty-five pages, 7 inches to the page. This portion contains 103 full page diagrams, figures, graphs or tabulated case histories in minute detail, twenty-one part page figures or tables, and twenty-one blank pages for readers' notes. In part in, thirty-eight pages is used for listing authors chronologically with a line or two summarizing the contribution:

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