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With this volume is concluded a task which reflects credit on the Editor, his Assistant, the contributors, and on the publishers of the System of American Medicine, as it has been called. The plan of the work, as originally announced in the prospectus about five years ago, has been strictly adhered to, though some of the most able contributors have passed away in that time. The whole number of articles is 185, by 99 authors, and covering, with the copious indices, about 5600 pages. As a whole the work is one of which Americans may well be proud; subjects have been treated in a practical manner, and in one representative of the American School of Medicine.
The fifth and last volume, on Diseases of the Nervous System, opens with an exhaustive article on the "General Semiology of Diseases of the Nervous System; Data of Diagnosis," by Dr. E. C. Seguin,
A System of Practical Medicine. By American Authors.. JAMA. 1886;VII(20):558–559. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250110054008