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The fourth edition of Harrison is deserving of outstanding praise in this section, although it is one of the standard and best known texts in internal medicine. There are more than 100 contributors—an indispensable practice for a system of medicine, comprehensive and contemporary, and yet sufficiently concise to be presented in one volume.
The planning and delegation of responsibility for composition has been the assignment of the Editorial Board, who assemble at regular intervals for conference and contemplation. On three occasions in the 17-year history of the Editorial Board, they have met at Jackson Hole, Wyo.; St. Croix, Virgin Islands; and Taormina, Sicily. Seclusion in such delightful areas and removal from the routine harassments of academic life, I am confident, contributed to the excellence of the documented results.
There are two principal groups of individuals who have need for medical texts: the medical student and the practicing physician. In internal
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