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October 13, 1900

Practical Gynecology. A Comprehensive Text-Book for Students and Physicians.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(15):962. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460410046018

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Fashion in medical book-making seems to be running to the composite, which may be advantageous, and the means of producing a better book than one written by an individual. It may be the old-fashioned notions of the reviewer, but he believes in the old idea of one book, one author, and he should have all the responsibility, all the criticism and all the glory that attach to it. The composite is likely to be written under a "rush" order; so much space, in so much time, for so mueh money. The work before us is the work of one individual, and the personality of that individual is evident through the whole book.

The author tells us in the preface that it has been under consideration for fifteen years and that much of it has been rewritten several times. This may readily be believed, for the result shows painstaking effort in

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