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December 1951

Patterns of Disease on a Basis of Physiologic Pathology.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(6):848. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810120149020

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Apperly presents an interesting attempt to compress what is known of the physiology of pathology into a single volume. Its basis is a course of lectures the author gave at the Medical College of Virginia.

The field covered is so wide—embracing every system of the body and all fundamental pathology—that summary descriptions are used frequently. The result is that one feels as though one were learning a great many facts from a positive, dogmatic teacher and, indeed, that an understanding of physiologic pathology is much simpler than many persons seem to find it.

Students will enjoy the book. They will appreciate the assured style in which it is written, its contents, which are arranged according to an easily understood system, and its index, by which almost any subject can be readily attacked. On the whole, it promises to achieve considerable popularity and to become a widely used text.

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