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February 23, 1957

Refresher Course for General Practitioners: Specially Commissioned Articles from the British Medical Journal

JAMA. 1957;163(8):700. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430090037

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This is a collection of 60 original articles that first appeared in the British Medical Journal and that have been revised and brought up to date. The prime objective of the book is to review established medical principles in the light of new developments. It performs this service admirably. Some of the topics include: surgical relief of pain, medical aspects of air travel, recurrent boils, and indigestion in childhood. A few articles consider a physician's relation to the law (e.g., psychiatric treatment, abortion, and the interpretation of wounds), and, while primarily adapted to British law, the explanations concerning the spirit of the law and how it may function will be a valuable reference to the physician in any country. The articles are unusually complete, considering their brevity, and are competently illustrated where appropriate. The author of each article is considered an authority in his field. While there is no bibliography,

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