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April 27, 1895

Twentieth Century Practice. An International Encyclopedia of Modern Medical Science. By leading authorities of Europe and America.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(17):650. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430170038020

The contributors to this volume are: G. S. Dujardin-Beaumetz, M.D., of Paris;* Sir Dyce Duckworth, M.D., etc., of London; Archibald E. Garrod, M.D., etc., of London; Henry M. Lyman, M.D., of Chicago; Thomas J. Maclagan, M.D., etc., of London; Carl H. von Noorden, M.D., Frankfort-on-the-Main; Max J. Oertel, M.D., Munich.

The topics are: Addison's disease and other diseases of the adrenal bodies; diabetes mellitus; rheumatism; gout; arthritis deformans; diseases of the muscles, and obesity.

The work is well done, as may well be imagined from the names mentioned, but now and then there crops out an eccentricity; for instance, it certainly sounds a little queer to read in von Noorden, page 73, where he writes of the syphilitic theory of diabetes: "More than that, it may be remembered that diabetes was a disease recognized by Greek and Roman physicians, while syphilis is supposed to have been communicated to Europeans by