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Textbook of Medical Treatment.

Robert H. Palmer, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(1):95. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290130097027.
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A textbook which reaches its tenth edition, spanning 27 years, obviously serves a purpose for a large number of medical personnel. Written for students and practitioners, The Textbook of Medical Treatment was designed to fill the gap between textbooks in medicine and pharmacology; it is more detailed than the former and more generalized and covering more nonpharmacological aspects of therapy than the latter. It was written, edited, and published in Great Britain, and its role is so similar to that of Current Therapy (H. F. Conn [ed.], Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co.) in American medicine that comparison is inevitable.

The organization of both books is similar, dealing with the management of diseases of sundry etiologies in various organ systems, but in many ways the two books reflect some of the traditional differences (real or imagined) between Great Britain and America. The American book, printed in large, black, "easy-to-read" type,


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