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August 1965

Better Homes and Gardens Family Medical Guide.

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Edited by Donald G. Cooley; Art Direction by Paul Zuckerman. Price, $12.95. Pp 816, with about 400 illustrations. Meredith Press, 1716 Locust St, Des Moines, Iowa 50503, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(2):320. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870020160050

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This is a ready reference and a tribute to modern medicine. The efforts made at clearness and professional honesty are commendable but many of the pearls dropped are pitched at intern level or above. The 25 chapters were contributed by eminent specialists most of whom are at the professor and chairman of the department level. The foreword states that each was "invited to discuss his topic as if he were speaking across his desk to an intelligent and concerned patient and with all the time in the world to give counsel and to dispel misconceptions." The inference is that this happens more frequently than we think.

Maybe we have not given proper consideration to the intensity of interest on the part of the patient and of how much he, or she, is capable of absorbing when the circumstances are very personal indeed. Each of the many illustrations is clearly labeled

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