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November 1939

Fundamentals of Internal Medicine.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(5):1129. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190050235014

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During the past few years a number of textbooks of internal medicine have been presented to the medical profession. All of them represent a great deal of painstaking work and meticulous attention to detail on the part of the authors. Many of them have been good—most of them acceptable—but is this effort worth the result that is attained? Is there need for this multiplicity of textbooks of internal medicine? By what criteria shall we rank one above the other?

Dr. Yater states that this book is "designed primarily for the introduction of students to the subject of internal medicine." This, of course, must be the function of all such textbooks, and it is the necessity for brevity that makes the selection of material so important. If this necessity is kept in mind, Dr. Yater has compiled a good book.

It is written in semioutline form, and the important data are

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