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In this modern day of haste, with its attending evil, superficiality, the survey of a book such as that of Addis and Oliver affords unusual pleasure. Unusual not only because of its thoroughness, a thoroughness that carries the conviction of authority, but because the presentation is as forceful as it is personal, and the subject matter so logically and clearly studied and developed, that there is never any doubt in the mind of the reader that the objectives of the authors have been unquestionably achieved. To call it a landmark were trite. To say that it reflects genuine credit on American medicine is but fair appreciation of the enormous labor, the careful observation and the keen analysis that have been condensed in the volume.
It differs from many other works dealing with the subject because of its absolute objectivity. It is built on bed rock. And even to those who