In these times of extremely rapid clinical progress compendia of current medical knowledge become a necessity for all physicians who make any pretense of keeping abreast of new developments. For the average internist and general practitioner the "Year Books" fill the need more adequately than any other summarized material with which the reviewer is familiar.
The present volume presents informative extracts on such subjects as the newer administration forms of penicillin, chloramphenicol, and oxytetracycline; isoniazid in tuberculosis; further data on the value and shortcomings of anticoagulants in myocardial infarction, with discussion of new drugs in this field; 2-acetylamino-1,3,4-thiadiazole-5-sulfonamide (acetazoleamide; Diamox) as a substitute for mercurial diuretics; new antimalarial drugs, etc.
The editor, a man of long experience, has selected his material carefully and has commented wisely on new and controversial issues. The 1953-1954 Year Book of Drug Therapy is a worthy member of this useful series of abstracts.