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September 1952

Handbook of Medical Management.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(3):407. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050030133013

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This handbook contains a wealth of information in a minimum of space. The authors have compiled in this second edition a large amount of data, which should be useful to a busy practitioner as a pocket or desk reference. Since this volume is called a handbook, one must not be too critical of its brevity, and yet certain disadvantages must be emphasized. It does not seem wise, to this reviewer, to attempt an outline of treatment for deep-seated psychoneuroses or depressions in a book of this nature. In the chapter on dietetics and nutrition, a table of diets is presented for the treatment of various diseases, and, as an example, a diet containing 300 mg. of sodium is advocated for the treatment of hypertension. Nothing is said regarding the difficulties encountered in following such a diet, and it is conceivable that such advice may be ill-advised for the unwary or

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