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This is a very acceptable reprint of some of the author's brightest and best essays merged into a convenient form. They include "The Evolution of the Local Venereal Diseases," "Tropho-neurosis as a Factor in the Phenomena of Syphilis," "The Rationale of Extension in Diseases of the Spinal Cord," "Aberrant Sexual Differentiation," "Gonorrhœa in Women," "A Plea for Early Operation in Acute Peritonitis," and "Materialism vs. Sentiment in the Study of Crimes." Lack of space forbids the review which the several papers merit, but we cannot refrain from calling attention to the last two essays. Dr. Lydston's plea for early operation in acute peritonitis is within the bounds of reason, and not a sweeping, general demand for the use of the knife. The last essay shows a wide acquaintance with the literature and pathology of crime, and is a strong plea for the study of crime and criminals from the medical
Addresses and Essays. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(5):149. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411090029012
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