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October 26, 1940

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis

JAMA. 1940;115(17):1480-1481. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810430070037

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This book was apparently designed for medical students and general practitioners. Adhering strictly to the subject and considering the authors' avowed purpose of presenting "a brief concise textbook," it is obvious that the book contains some superfluous material and in certain chapters there is a crying need for a clearer statement of fundamental facts, a more detailed description of symptoms and signs and methods of procedure. The reader often comes to the end of a sentence longing for one or two additional words or he rounds out a paragraph wishing for another sentence for clarification. The medical student and the average doctor wanting in knowledge and experience to spread between the lines will close certain chapters with a feeling of confusion and disappointment. The chapter on roentgen ray diagnosis may be cited as an example. In this chapter considerable space is devoted to a discussion of pathologic types of pulmonary

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