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July 12, 1952

Cold Injury: Transactions of the First Conference June 4-5, 1951, New York, New York

JAMA. 1952;149(11):1077. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930280099037

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In this book, the explanation and treatment of the changes that occur in the body when all or part of it is exposed to cold are discussed. Each of the five sections consists of a coherent presentation by one investigator followed by a much less coherent general discussion by other participants in the conference. The discussion is painful reading at times, because it shows not only how labored are the gropings of the scientific mind but also how imperfect is the communication between two such minds. Words are badly misused ("differential" for "difference," page 162); metabolism is referred to as "basal" when it is not (pages 228 and 229); unnecessary abbreviations ("Tm," page 150) are used in the text and reappear, still unexplained, in the index (page 247); and reckless statements ("I don't believe all this nonsense about these nervous patients," page 143) abound. While this makes for misunderstandings, it

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