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Book Reviews
March 1939

The Principles and Practice of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;57(3):730. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990030244027

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Abstract

This edition of one of the oldest and best known textbooks of medicine attains the high standard of its predecessors. Because of the death of Dr. McCrae, the present edition was edited by Dr. Christian. Probably no one is better qualified to edit such a book single handed. The advantages of a single author or editor are thus maintained in full.

Not only has the text been brought thoroughly up to date, but there has been considerable rearrangement of material. In my opinion the present form is a marked improvement, probably unduly delayed. Over 200 pages have been added. The text has been made more complete by short descriptions of unusual conditions. The sections on infectious diseases, deficiency diseases and diseases of the blood have been notably revised. Thus, while retaining Osler's style and much of his original material, Christian has succeeded in providing a completely modern edition. Certainly this

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