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January 19, 1884

Elements of Surgical Pathology.

JAMA. 1884;II(3):74-75. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390280018012

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This is one of the series of small volumes for elementary study issued under the title of Manuals for Students of Medicine. It is similar in form to the volume on Applied Anatomy mentioned recently (p. 734) in these columns. These little books fill a gap in medical literature between the bulky systematic treatises on the one hand, and the worthless and trashy vade mecums and compends on the other.

Cui bono? asks a critic in a recent number of the Physician and Surgeon, since these books contain nothing which cannot be found in the standard authorities. The answer is simple. Medical college training, like all other instruction, must be made more systematic and special, and around it must grow up a specialized literature adapted to graded teaching. The present volume, beside being a most excellent introduction to any amount of pathological research, is in itself sufficiently complete to prepare

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