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January 1952

Text-Book of Medicine. First Edition.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(1):167. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240010177024

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The authors of this book sustain the perfectly reasonable thesis that if the present trend is continued the teaching and practice of medicine may be reduced to absurdity by encrusting them in a mass of more or less unnecessary and complicated laboratory work which beclouds rather than clarifies the issue. It takes British common sense and conservatism, however, to do more than merely fuss about this and actually to publish a textbook of medicine reduced to simple terms and pretty well stripped of superfluous verbiage. The result is interesting and surprisingly useful; one wonders whether students will not get a really excellent idea of the natural history of disease from discussions of this sort. It must be admitted, however, that the British, not as flush with lavish mechanical equipment as we are, may be making a virtue of necessity; nonetheless American textbook writers can learn something here, including use of

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