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June 26, 1897

A Compendium of Practical Medicine for the Use of Students and Practitioners of Medicine.

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By Willis Webster Grube, A.M., M. D. Toledo, Ohio: The Hadley Publishing Co. 1897. 8vo, calf, pp. 664.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(26):1251. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440260045017

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This is a catalogue of diseases arranged alphabetically, each accompanied by a short description; some of them give causes and all have a treatment. At the end of the work there is a clinical index which is really a therapeutic index. The book is printed in large clear type, and is handsomely bound and on heavy paper. The old system of dosage has been used. The work is elementary and will no doubt be useful to medical students. But we question whether or not such books as this should be implicitly relied on even by students. For instance, page 38, the author says: "Pus when thick and clear is known as healthy or laudable pus or living pus; when thin and watery, puriform or dead pus; when bloodstained, sanious gummy pus and contagious pus in smallpox, gonorrhea and venereal ulcers." On reading such a paragraph one is apt to rub

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