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February 6, 1892

A Manual of General Pathology and Morbid Anatomy.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(6):182. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411100030016

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It is difficult to see what object the author had in view in preparing this little book. It is so condensed as to convey practically no information. A beginner could only get most confused ideas from it. Moreover, it is not free from misleading statements. Aphthous and croupous stomatitis are made synonymous, as are ulcerative and diphtheritic stomatitis. Such errors are palpable and serious. Under the title, "Acute Tonsillitis," occurs this statement: "Phlegmonous pharyngitis, an acute parenchymatous inflammation of either one or both tonsils, usually terminating in suppuration, in which the mucous membranes are hyperæmic, the glands swollen, and oftentimes the follicles become enlarged and of a whitish appearance, which might lead a careless diagnostician toward the belief that the condition might be diphtheria." This extract gives a good idea of the style of the writing. Of Addison's disease is said: "There is no great change in the blood, but

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