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January 1940

The Principles and Practice of Medicine, Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of Medicine.

Author Affiliations

Originally written by the late Sir William Osler, Bart., M.D., F.R.T.P., F.R.S., formerly Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford University; Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University; Professor of the Institute of Medicine, MacGill University; Professor of Clinical Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania. Revised by Henry A. Christian, M.D., LL.D., S.D., F.R.C.P., Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic, Harvard University; Physician in Chief, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. (The ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth editions of this book were revised by Thomas McCrae, M.D., F.R.C.P., formerly Professor of Medicine of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia). Thirteenth edition. Price, $9. Pp. 1,450, illustrated. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1938.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(1):217. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190070227018

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From the time of its first appearance in 1892, Osler's "Principles and Practice of Medicine" has been the most valued guide to the practice of medicine in the English language. Its use as a reference has been worldwide. This prestige has been maintained through subsequent editions prepared under Dr. Osler's hand and later under the hand of his student and friend Dr. McCrae. The new thirteenth edition is prepared by another former pupil and friend, Dr. Henry A. Christian, and fully maintains the standard set by the former editions. It is inevitable that extensive changes should be made. The text has been rewritten in part, to include the most recent advances in medical knowledge and practice. Some portions have been deleted, and extensive changes made which Dr. Osler would have been the first to make had he been preparing the edition. A student of the earlier text may feel a

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