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December 1967

A Short Textbook of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(6):749-750. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300050105021

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This textbook is not recommended for medical students or for the practitioner anxious to keep abreast of the times (the very audience for whom it was intended). The purpose, as stated by the authors was to design an expendable (paperback) text "based upon the sure foundations of physiology and anatomy and giving due stress to the more recent advances in the subject." The authors write of medicine as they see it and attempt to "avoid second-hand information and traditional statements." For the most part, they have failed in their purpose; they have not produced a satisfactory textbook of medicine.

The paperback binding does make it inexpensive, convenient, and expendable. Of 27 chapters, all but five were written by the three joint authors, so there is continuity of text material and organization. It is readable, and the print is reasonable in size.

In order to solve the difficult problem of "too

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