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March 1934

Text-Book of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1934;53(3):478-479. doi:10.1001/archinte.1934.00160090155013

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It seems obvious that the question confronting the writer of a textbook of medicine is not what shall be included in the work but what shall be left out. This work covers the field of medicine about as well as it is possible to do in a single volume. Indeed, no little ingenuity is required to compress so much information into a single book, and the editor is to be congratulated on his success in the undertaking. Dr. Cecil states in his prefatory remarks that the task of writing a textbook of medicine today could not be satisfactorily accomplished by a single author. One wonders if this statement might not be argued. There is a certain smoothness of style in a book by a single author that is necessarily absent when a multiplicity of authors is at work. Perhaps, however, the medical student of today has a more agile mind

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