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August 27, 1982

Problems of the Medically III: New Agents and Approaches to Diagnosis and Therapy

Author Affiliations

Fallon Clinic, Inc Worcester, Mass


edited by David A. Major et al (54th Hahnemann Symposium), 255 pp, with illus, $44.50, New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;248(8):991. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080065035

This book is a collection of 29 papers on various aspects of internal medicine that were presented at a meeting of alumni and faculty of the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia, apparently in late 1979.

The editors succeed in their announced purpose: to present "a balanced review of some of the most important topics in general internal medicine and its subspecialties" as a "learning experience" for their readers. They also succeed in what may possibly have been another intention: to build a showcase for some of Hahnemann's stars in which to display their wares. The merchandise is substantial if not spectacular and comes fairly well packaged.

The papers are divided into six categories: cardiovascular diseases, nephrology and hypertension, endocrinology, hematology and immunology, infectious diseases, and a catchall called "patient management." They range from four to 14 pages in length. Tables, graphs, diagrams, and pictures are used appropriately. Each