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The popularity of this useful book is indicated by the fact that the first printing of 75,000 copies was oversubscribed before it left the press. This eighth edition has been brought up to date and includes the use of the most recent antibiotics. The reviewer certainly recommends this manual to all practicing physicians who wish a small, concise, but fairly complete source of information on therapeutics. Surely, many therapeutic recommendations have been shown not to possess benefit, but this is one of the main problems in therapy, particularly in regard to the treatment of diseases of unknown origin and without a specific therapeutic agent. Like any book on therapy, the manual must be employed by the physician with proper consideration. Medical students, as well as physicians, should find the book of value.
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