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April 6, 1957

New Advances in Medicine.—and What They Mean to You

JAMA. 1957;163(14):1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970490105028

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This book contains more information on advances in medicine than any other volume available to the layman. It is well written in a style that should be understandable to anyone with a high school education. It deserves a place in every household. Not only is it of value to the layman, but also it should provide a valuable review even for the well-informed physician and surgeon. The chapter on heart disease shows how our conception of the various cardiac conditions has changed in the last 50 years, especially with regard to coronary artery disease. The chapter on cardiac operations is also of special importance. The use of the new drugs, especially acetazolamide, is well described. A concise chapter on general surgery describes the advances that have been made in operations on the stomach, duodenum, lungs, and blood vessels. The chapter on infectious diseases illustrates the changes that have come with

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