Whenever a textbook of medicine is published in this country, it is the natural instinct for many to contrast the new book with Osler's "Practice of Medicine." The appearance of Dr. Musser's volume compares not unfavorably with such a model. The first edition of Osler's work, which was published forty years ago, contained 1,050 pages of text, each page averaging around 500 words. The first edition of this new book contains 1,293 pages of text, each page averaging, also, around 500 words. The type is clear and easy to read; the paper is of good quality, so that the pages turn over comfortably; the book weighs only about 5 ounces more than its eminent predecessor, and it can be handled just as easily, is attractive looking and is of convenient shape and size. So much for the book's physical characteristics.
The new "Internal Medicine" is a textbook on theory and