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September 1970

A Short Textbook of Medicine.

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Kansas City, Mo

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(3):529-530. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310090159032

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The authors' preface and the editor's foreword both avow that the ultimate objective of this paperback Short Textbook of Medicine is to provide the medical student in his clinical years with a vade mecum "intended to be read and reread," and not with a comprehensive text for reference. The authors have adhered to this concept so scrupulously that they have come up with a publication that seems to have much to offer not only to medical students but to advanced nursing students, nurses aspiring to the role of clinical nurse specialist, as well as to the new breed of physician assistants.

Having perused this work in a variety of medical settings, I find that I must view it with mixed emotions. First, it should be clear that I have not been intimately involved in the education of medical students for some years; my efforts have been directed almost entirely to

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