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August 24, 1957

Illustrated Medical and Health Encyclopedia. Volumes 1-8

JAMA. 1957;164(17):1992. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980170132029

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This eight volume series on "medical information for the public" is an interesting, informative, and yet concise presentation of current knowledge on various medical topics. It is not intended to advise people how to treat themselves but rather to supply basic information on health problems and the ways in which the medical profession can be helpful. To supplement the presentation, there is a large number of illustrations which in themselves convey a wealth of helpful data. The editor is known for his interest in medical writing, but he has called on the advice of experts to assist him in the compilation of these volumes. Thus, about 30 men of medicine have pooled their information. The topics are arranged in alphabetical order so that one may pass from a definition of the abdomen and information on abdominal pain to brief presentations on yaws, yellow fever, zinc, zygoma, and even zyme.

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