President Lowell of Harvard once remarked that examinations, like most human beings, are imperfect and that their results are only approximate. Harold Rypins, like Mr. Lowell deeply tinged with Harvard crimson, apparently agreed with this philosophy, for in 1933 he wrote the first edition of this book.
The preface to the first edition still lives and must be studied to appreciate why a fifth edition ever proved necessary. Rypins believed that the average graduate of an American medical school is well prepared for the practice of his profession yet needs assistance in the use of the material with which his head has been filled by his professors in order to make of examinations a relatively pleasant undertaking to be faced without trepidation. Accordingly, he attempted to prepare a serious and orderly summary of such parts of the medical curriculum as are ordinarily considered important by various examining boards.