New efforts in medicine always are interesting. Emerson has attempted something new in that as an internist he has put together a book which deals largely with the functional manifestations of disease and in so doing has invaded a field usually claimed by the neurologist or psychiatrist and rarely trespassed on by others. He has written his book with a definite purpose in mind: General practitioners are the ones in the profession of medicine who see organic and mental diseases in early stages when perhaps prevention or cure is possible, and he has dedicated the work to them, hoping evidently to arouse their interest in an important aspect of preventive medicine.
The book has a great deal of character and individuality. In parts it is much like a short textbook of general medicine with chapters on heart disease, pulmonary disease, genito-urinary disease and gastro-intestinal disease. These chapters are written, however,