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June 23, 1956

1956 Medical Progress: A Review of Medical Advances during 1955

JAMA. 1956;161(8):767. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970080097033

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The important contributions in the various fields of medicine during 1955 are reviewed by 29 specialists. The Salk vaccine against poliomyelitis, the new tranquilizing drugs, and a new substance to be taken by mouth for the treatment of diabetes are given prominence. Advances in surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, and other special fields are treated in appropriate chapters. The role of such important new drugs as prednisone and prednisolone is covered in a special chapter on endocrinology. There is some unavoidable repetition inherent in a book written by several authors. For instance, the Salk vaccine is considered in a special chapter of its own but is also reviewed in chapters on general medicine and new drugs. In general, the coverage is good so that the general practitioner reading this book should get a fairly good idea of the important advances in medicine during the past year. A bibliography is provided

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