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If I were a young physician starting out in practice and could afford only a few medical books, this certainly would be one of them. I would probably carry it around with me always in my little black bag! Why? Because it is made up of 784 pages filled with brief and easily read bits of advice as to what to do for the hundreds of emergencies, any one of which any minute can turn up, and call for every bit of knowledge and skill a doctor has.
This book can serve as very good insurance against damage suits, and, these days, this is something much needed. Fortunately, Dr. Birch has had the wisdom to get a number of experts in different fields to help him write some of the chapters. The book was written in England, and hence many of the names of drugs and instruments are a bit
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