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April 6, 1957

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

JAMA. 1957;163(14):1308. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970490106032

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The Merck Manual, which was first published in 1899, is designed to provide the physician with a ready source of information in regard to diagnosis and treatment of disease. The ninth edition, though some 1,870 pages in length, retains the convenient pocket size of previous editions. The book is divided into three parts. The first part is devoted to a description of diseases and major symptoms. Each of its 20 sections relates to a particular disease group, anatomic region, or specialty. Each section contains its own index, as well as a list of appropriate prescriptions, and is conveniently located by the marginal thumbnail index. The second part of the book consists of eight sections, devoted to such practical considerations as routine immunological measures, clinical and bedside procedures, diets, and preoperative and postoperative treatment. A complete index forms the third part of the book. The wealth of information provided by this

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