The ninth edition of this system of clinical medicine makes its appearance twenty-eight years after the first edition was brought out. The work has evidently been well received and must have a certain amount of inherent merit to have survived so many editions over such a period of time and with the original editor supplanted by another. The book represents the work not of one man but rather of some seventeen contributors, who have prepared certain sections or revised certain portions. The list of contributors includes the names of some well known English physicians, names which are a guarantee of the reliability of the work.
The material is presented in rather an unusual way. The editor wanted to stress clinical medicine; therefore the classification of diseases is based largely on their clinical expressions. An excellent example is found in the classification of diseases of the lungs and pleurae. Roughly, these