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October 1950

Textbook of Medical Treatment.

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By various authors. Price, $8.50. Pp. 999, with 40 illustrations. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1949.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1950;86(4):647. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230160159022

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This volume contains sections written by rather a large number of British authorities and presumably represents the best British practice. The authors all write well, as the English do, and the book is extremely readable. One is struck, however, by the fact that whereas the imprint bears the date 1949, many of the advances, especially in drugs and antibiotics, which have been recognized for a year or more in America are not mentioned. Streptomycin, for example, is said to be not yet available for private use. The crystalline procaine penicillins so generally satisfactory here are apparently unknown in Britain, where they seem still to be struggling with the old oil and wax mixtures. In cardiac therapy the use of tincture of digitalis is advocated as the most useful preparation, whereas it obviously is a nuisance compared to tablets of the leaf or to digitoxin. Under Hodgkin's disease the nitrogen mustards

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