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July 27, 1940

The British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice Including Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Other Special Subjects. Surveys and Abstracts 1939. Cumulative Supplement 1939

JAMA. 1940;115(4):326. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810300066036

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Supplementary to the British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice, which has been regularly reviewed in these columns, comes a new volume of Surveys and Abstracts and another volume called Cumulative Supplement. The Critical Surveys include authoritative reviews of certain branches of medical science, particularly one on the state and national health by Sir Arthur MacNalty, chief medical officer of the Ministry of Health, London. Others concern general surgery, pediatrics, diseases of the blood-forming organs and other special medical fields. Following the Critical Surveys are discussions of advances in the field of drug therapy, and finally at least half of the volume is devoted to abstracts of medical literature. The price of the volume being considerable, one questions its desirability as a permanent addition to a library, since much of the material it contains is obviously ephemeral. In order to keep The British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice abreast of progress it has

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