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The first sentence of the preface states the purpose of this book: "I have attempted," says the author, "in this volume to present to the student of medicine whether in school or in practice an explanation of the most important and frequent symptoms of disease met with."
A book which looks even at old facts from a new standpoint is always welcome; hence this one was taken up hopefully, but only to be disappointed. There is nothing in it not to be found in most books on physical and clinical diagnosis, and, of course, this one does not discuss methods of diagnosis. The viewpoint of the author is certainly not novel. The subject matter is offered in the form of slightly amplified lectures notes and, therefore, is not easy or attractive reading. One must interpret and supplement almost every phrase in order to get much meaning from it. For instance,
Applied Physiology. JAMA. 1908;L(18):1442–1443. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530440052022
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