In years past this reviewer has had the pleasant task of reviewing several previous editions of Cecil's text, successor to Osler's Practice of Medicine. Through 36 years of active practice and teaching, like most other internists, I have consulted the Cecil text more than any other. Since receiving the latest edition about a month ago I have, during odd times, read a considerable portion of it, and am impressed with the thoroughness with which the new chief editors—Paul Beeson and Walsh McDermott—have assembled so much information that is new, and added it to what is authoritative and time-tested to make a text to which a 1963 internist may go confidently for answers to almost all of the clinical problems that bedevil him.
There are 173 contributors to the present bulky volume, quite well chosen, in my opinion. Associate editors assumed responsibility for special sections—Alexander Bearn for hereditary diseases, a category