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October 1929

The International Medical Annual.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;44(4):623. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00140040161016

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This annual lives up to its reputation for giving a most careful review and thoughtful digest of recent medical literature. Compiled in the form of a dictionary, the material presented is too diverse to be criticized in detail. Mention should be made of the many helpful suggestions regarding therapy. For example it is pointed out that the diuretic action of epinephrine in asthma may be prolonged by massaging the site of injection. Diagnostic procedures, such as cholecystography and renal function tests, are discussed at length. For the surgeon one finds described a new upper abdominal incision which has been useful in avoiding incisional hernia. The articles on obstetrics include a note on a method of extracting the adherent placenta without putting the hand into the uterus. In every field one finds suggestions of practical value. One may not always agree with the opinion of the individual author, but the material

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