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Efforts to construct an introduction to medicine for the student beginning his clinical experience tend to oversimplify to the point of becoming downright inaccurate or, despite valiant efforts, to include more material than can be presented to the novice in digestible form. Clark-Kennedy, who has written a number of books on clinical medicine, and Bartley have defined their purpose as trying to provide "a relatively short book directed towards the needs of the beginner; one which explained (as far as it can be explained) rather than catalogued human disease; one which could be read without too much mental indigestion and would serve as a guide to the textbook on the shelf." Such very laudable objectives have been met only part way. This book has valuable features but some notable shortcomings. There are very few words that are likely to give the American any trouble. Infective for infectious, surgery meaning a
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