In recent years it has become pedestrian to comment on the enormous and increasing volume of literature confronting the physician, and on the impossibility of remaining truly current in terms of advances in more than a sharply circumscribed area within internal medicine. One type of attempted solution of this problem has been the annual summary publication, either in journals or produced as separate volumes, some more general than others, and some of high quality and real usefulness.
The present volume is one of the "Year Book" series, which now numbers 18 books each year. Three others are also germane to internal medicine (Medicine, Endocrinology, and Cardiovascular and Renal Diseases), and thus present some overlap in the areas to be considered.
The necessity for an annual review of drug therapy in addition to the other three medically-oriented volumes is not entirely clear to this reviewer, and the usefulness of the book