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March 8, 1976

Correspondence: "Beeson-McDermott"

JAMA. 1976;235(10):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260360059039

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I would like to express my vehement disagreement with the review of the "Beeson-McDermott" textbook (JAMA, Oct 27, 1975).

The encyclopedic feature of this text book is just what I need in the practice of internal medicine. The more encyclopedic the better. An ideal text book of medicine would have even more illustrations of every kind and a much larger index. I use this book almost daily and find it extremely helpful. Where it occasionally falls down, is in the lack of additional graphic representation and even more in the inadequacy of even its expanded index. So often, information is secreted in a text book so successfully that it is found only by accident or after a long search of related subjects in the index.