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The editor, by way of preface to the latest edition of his book, reviews his own work. He says that the book was compiled originally for two purposes: to give medical students a textbook written by a limited number of well qualified authors and to give practitioners a properly documented work of references. These two purposes have been well fulfilled.
He goes on to say that the fourth edition includes many changes. The development of sulfonamide compounds, penicillin and thiouracil have necessitated a good deal of new writing, and so has the war, with its sharp focus on certain protozoan and metazoan diseases and on subjects like high altitude sickness or military neuropsychiatric disabilities, which hitherto seemed of no general importance. Thus this edition in many ways is a new book.
Finally, he acknowledges the value of the complete and thoroughly thought-out contributions from the thirty-three authors and coauthors who
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