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March 9, 1957

The Principles and Practice of Medicine: A Textbook for Students and Doctors

JAMA. 1957;163(10):899. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450101025

This is a book that should be most welcome among the myriad of large, and usually detailed, textbooks of general medicine. The emphasis is on the fundamentals of medical practice, that is, on the illnesses for which most patients seek professional care, and not on the rare and exotic maladies sometimes stressed in the schools The subject matter is covered in what might be called an outline form, but at the same time it is far more complete than one's own clinical notebook. The systems of the body provide the subject matter of the major divisions of material, and, in addition, there is information on infectious diseases, chemotherapy, electrolyte balance, helminthic infestations, and nutritional disorders. The discussion of almost every disease manifestation includes a section on prevention and integrates this element of professional service as it properly should. The information on therapy is surprisingly up-to-date for a textbook, but, again,

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