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March 10, 1951

A Guide to General Medical Practice

JAMA. 1951;145(10):771. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920280083042

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The author of this book is a practitioner of many years' experience who attempts to prepare the young physician for the diagnostic and economic problems that will confront him in general practice. The subject matter includes brief references to the scope of general practice, the first office, fluoroscopic technics and an extensive section devoted to gastrointestinal diseases, constipation, headache, backache, hypertension, cardiac and psychosomatic problems. The book contains a third and final portion on adolescent tensions, premarital education, sexual activity, parent-child relations, the menopause and geriatric problems.

The treatment of the numerous subjects to which reference is made is exceedingly superficial. Few graduates of modern medical schools will derive any new information from the large section devoted to diagnosis and therapy of the common diseases. The section referring to some of the problems encountered in establishment of a general practice might have been worth while had it been expanded. In

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