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August 15, 1891

Manual of Clinical Diagnosis.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(7):276. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410850040014

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Abstract

The author says in the preface of this small work that he makes no special claim to originality, that he has only " gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own." While the writer thus modestly sets forth his effort, we must remind him that a good text-book needs nothing original. We do not go to our school-books for critical discussions of mooted points, or for the detailed description of isolated experiments. A text-book should accurately represent the best and most approved opinion of the most advanced scholars in the particular branch of which it treats. It should be well arranged, with a good index, expressed in concise language, and free from controversial matter. An examination of the volume upon these lines shows that the writer has produced a compact and useful manual. If we would pass any criticism upon this

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