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October 1939

Internal Medicine: Its Theory and Practice in Contributions by American Authors.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(4):889. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190040230016

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The first edition of this textbook appeared in 1932. The Archives liked it, complimented it and at the same time proved a good fortune-teller. The Archives said: "On the whole, the new textbook is admirable. Teachers, students and practitioners will enjoy it, not only because it is well and clearly written, but also because it opens up the vast field of medical knowledge in a simple, interesting and engaging manner."

That teachers, students and practitioners have enjoyed the book is obvious, for only a popular, widely read text could make necessary three editions in six years.

Osler's "Practice of Medicine" accomplished the same feat. The first edition of Osler's text appeared in 1892, the third in 1898. In those days, apparently, medical knowledge developed at about the same pace as nowadays; the third edition of Osler's book was 131 pages longer than the first; the third edition of Musser's book

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