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August 1950

Hemorrhagic Disorders.

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By Paul M. Aggeler and S. P. Lucia. Price, $10. Pp. 112. University of Chicago Press, 58th St. and Ellis Ave., Chicago 37, 1949.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;86(2):312. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230140148013

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The current philosophy of so-called audiovisual aids has stimulated the production of a number of books in which a subject is tersely dealt with by means of drawings and diagrams supplemented with brief explanatory legends. The authors of the present volume discuss blood coagulation and hemorrhagic disease by these means. An excellent technical job has been done with beautiful colored drawings and good charts. The essential defect of this method of teaching is, of course, that the legends, from the nature of the medium, must be brief and dogmatic. When one finds under the heading of treatment of a certain disease items 1, 2, 3, tersely set forth, one approaches the cookbook method of "break two eggs, add an ounce of flour, stir," etc. Even in making a cake the skilled touch must be added, and this "cookbook style" which is becoming more and more popular in medical texts seems

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