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July 29, 1911

Modern Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases OF Children.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(5):411. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070415034

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There is so much in this book that is bad that the good is almost entirely covered up. The style, which is suitable for a novel, not for a text-book on a scientific subject, may be judged of by such passages as "marvelously extricate themselves from the pangs of death," "verily considering the baleful acts," "one is amazed by the ever-swelling hordes of youthful humanity that have apparently escaped the clutches of ignorance—and death. Merciful Nature!" Water is spoken of as "heavenly beverage." Under the heading "Gastroenterocolitis" the subject is handled just as the name indicates—namely a jumble of material that gives one no clear picture of any of the disturbances described. Very little help is afforded the student or practitioner by such statements as the following: "As patient improves a milder course of treatment is of course resorted to."

The pathology is especially weak; one might think that

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