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December 21, 1940

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary Including a Digest of Medical Subjects: Medicine, Surgery, Nursing, Dietetics, Physical Therapy

JAMA. 1940;115(25):2205. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810510081037

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This book represents an ambitious project as evidenced by the statement on the title page that it includes a digest of medical subjects—medicine, surgery, nursing, dietetics and physical therapy. It does actually contain an enormous amount of information of value to the medical man besides its service as a dictionary; for example, a table of the clinically significant blood constituents, their normal and pathologic ranges, and a list of phrases and words in four foreign languages devised particularly for assisting a physician in obtaining a history. The book also lists the etiology, symptomatology, physical signs and treatment of diseases. This has led, however, to what is probably the major criticism: The opening two sentences under "Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus," for example, are not wholly acceptable. They read "X-ray applied to the adrenals and pituitary glands is being tried, rather successfully. This relieves the necessity for frequent hypodermic injections of insulin."

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