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September 13, 1971

An Introduction to the Study of Disease

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Lankenau Hospital Philadelphia

JAMA. 1971;217(11):1555-1556. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190110073032

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Abstract

With the increasing physician shortage, allied medical personnel become of vital importance. Physicians who must train technicians realize the lack of adequate instructive literature. Many specialized medical texts are too complicated. Yet the broader this group's introduction to disease, the better equipped they are for their chosen specialty.

An Introduction to the Study of Disease is one of the rare books written especially for "assistants" of physicians. Its popularity (it is now in the sixth edition) demonstrates its worth.

As is true of all Boyd's works, this book is a delight to read. It has become even more alive in the newest edition. Many chapters are introduced in a narrative manner calculated to arouse special interest in the subsequent material.

Although the earlier editions lacked bibliography, which this edition provides, this is a weak area. One of the goals of books written for allied medical personnel is the hope of

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