The rapid changes in treatment of diseases that have occurred in the past decade make it necessary to revise textbooks of medical treatment frequently. Various authors, each of whom is outstanding in his field in Great Britain, have contributed to the extensive revision of this textbook. Many chapters have been completely rewritten.
The book is divided into major sections that are concerned with salient therapeutic problems. The following abbreviated list will show the orientation: infectious diseases, antibiotics, and chemotherapy; corticosteriod therapy; disturbances in water and electrolyte balance and acidbase equilibrium; tuberculosis; common diseases of the skin; common tropical diseases; some common disturbances in infancy and early childhood; disorders of the blood; renal diseases; the welfare of the disabled; technical procedures, etc.
In each section consideration is given separately to diseases and drugs. Discussion of the general management of the patient includes the general principles of bedside care, disinfection, epidemiology, and