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April 1956

Handbook of Treatment.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(4):506. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250220126019

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For those who like their medical knowledge in the form of a dictionary, this book will serve the purpose well. It covers the management of symptoms and syndromes as well as disease entities and contains brief but effective comments on the comparative value of the large variety of drugs now available. The discussion of each topic begins with general principles, then deals with immediate care and continuing care of the patient. There are also remarks on prophylaxis, diagnostic tests, contraindications to the use of drugs or hormones, and other interesting comments. While the text is necessarily highly condensed, there is a striking amount of useful and accurate information for the physician who wants more than the name and the dose of the drug for a given condition. The author manifests a healthy skepticism in regard to the ineffective drugs but is somewhat inclined to overemphasize the newest preparations by using

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