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July 1930

Three Minute Medicine. A Series of Brief Essays on Popular Medicine.

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By Louis R. Effler, A.M., M.D., Director of Education, The Toledo Academy of Medicine, 1927-1928. Pp. 459. Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1929.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;46(1):164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140130171014

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This volume of 200 short, pointed sketches on all possible medical topics accomplishes successfully what it was meant to be — a series of brief essays on popular medicine. As the author states in the preface, these essays were a reply to the open challenge of the Saturday Evening Post, that organized medicine should come down to "simple, racy English" and inform the public. The public which read these essays in the Toledo Times have been informed well on a great many items of historical interest in medicine and related sciences. It is refreshing to note the absence of specific diagnostic and therapeutic advice with which the daily medical columns are so full these days. To the busy practitioner and the medical student these essays furnish an easy and appetizing introduction into medical history. To the publicity committees of medical societies, the organization that made these essays possible could well

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