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November 1950

Current Therapy.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1950;86(5):791. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230170144015

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The reviewer wishes that he could give his unqualified approval to this book, which obviously represents an honest attempt to help the physician. A vast amount of material is presented, and the latest methods of treatment are enumerated. In a good many instances, however, various items are simply listed in one-two-three order, sometimes without much comment, and the question is whether this method is a sound one, especially for the physician or student who is not already thoroughly familiar with the given problem. In some sections the directions are much like those for baking a cake or for lubricating an automobile. It seems not without risk to hand to the physician instructions which he may be inclined to follow literally and without question because of their authoritative origin. An example in point is that of some of the severe cardiac arrhythmias. To deal with these properly means watching, judgment and

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