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May 1946

Classic Descriptions of Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1946;77(5):594. doi:10.1001/archinte.1946.00210400119019

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We already have reviewed the two previous editions of this book favorably (50:960 [Dec.] 1932 and 65:1299-1300 [June] 1940).

The third edition is built on the lines of the first but is a little bigger, more profusely illustrated, and more expensive. There are included a few more classic descriptions of disease than appeared in the other editions, and now each new one is indeed a rarity, for all the familiar ones were long since used up. The short sketch of each writer which accompanies his classic description is sharply drawn, attempting only to reveal salient features; thus it avoids tedium.

An interesting innovation is the introduction of a bibliography, which is placed ahead of the index. Here one can find references to the best biographies that have been written about any of the contributors whose work is mentioned; this is an important and worth while improvement.

Clearly, we

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