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January 1949

Encyclopedia of Medical Sources.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;83(1):117-118. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00220300125009

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The pages of this book, closely printed in double column, are a sort of an index of prominent nineteenth and twentieth century physicians and scientists, with a key to their more important work. For example, under the name William Stewart Halsted, is found the word Law, followed by a definition of the principle brought out by Halsted that "transplanted tissue will grow only if there is a lack of tissue in the host." This in turn is followed by the appropriate journal reference. After this comes Operation, with a brief statement of the surgeon's principal contributions. The compilation is amazingly thorough, although it does not claim to be absolutely complete, and the surgeons are perhaps a little more comprehensively dealt with than internists and others. This useful book points the way to a more definitive and encyclopedic treatise. The names are alphabetically arranged, and there is also an index of

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