Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary

Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary

BOOKS Actually this book was first published in 1940. The present edition, r e w r i t t e n by the author "sixteen years and t h i r t e e n grandchi...

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BOOKS Actually this book was first published in 1940. The present edition, r e w r i t t e n by the author "sixteen years and t h i r t e e n grandchildren" later, has the feeling of richness of experience and deep understanding. This experience and u n d e r s t a n d i n g is brought to bear on f u n d a m e n t a l questions of life and death; of God, of Jesus, of death, of prayer, of the Bible and of the church. This book, then, deals for the most part w i t h religious questions. Yet, as Mrs. Bro states, the child% rellgious questions are not exclusively religious, for the domain of religion is concern w i t h "first causes and final ends, with time values, w i t h personality relationships. These concerns reduced to simplicities are also the domain of the child finding his place in the universe. I n his mind (the child) is just as]~ing about life." I t is questions about life thus defined t h a t ~Vfrs. Bro a t t e m p t s to answer. ~Vfany of the questions asked do not have a final answer and to these no final or dogmatic answer is given. Instead, in a series of conversational vignettes~ parable-like in themselves, various points of v i e w are sketched. Throughout, the warm, human kindness of the author and her real depth of psychological insight are apparent. This book can be recommended to the intelligent parent. A. A. S. Doctor as a Witness. John Evarts Tracy, Philadelphia, ]957, W. B. Saunders Co., 221 pages.


Although pediatricians are rarely involved in legal proceedings, every physician must have at least a f u n d a m e n t a l knowledge of medical jurisprudence. Legal proceedings involving the physician as ~ witness, either as to f a c t s or as an "exPert," have been increasing due to the steady rise in accidents and to an increase of suits brought for malpractice. I n this monograph an emeritus professor of law at the University of Michigan has w r i t t e n a very readable and i n t e r e s t i n g book on the physician as a witness. I t discusses his rights and obligations as a w i t n e s s and goes into d e t a i l s as to his conduct under direct and cross examination by the lawyers. Certain special subjects, such as i n s a n i t y f r o m a


legal staudpolnt, testimony in malpractice suits, and workman's compensation proceedings, are given individual chapters. M u c h sound and profitable advice to the doctor who finds himself on the witness stand will be found in a chapter entitled " W h a t Makes a Good Medical Witness." Professor Tracy has avoided the usual technical legal presentation of the subject which makes most textbooks on medical jurisprudence dull and tiresome reading and more suited for the lawyer t h a n the doctor. Rather, he has been mos~ successful in writing a straightforward, readable discussion of the law and the doctor in the courtroom, which physicians will find not only informative~ but also i n t e r e s t i n g reading. Highly recommended for the physician's library. Wilburt C. Davison, 1VLD., and J e a n a Davlson Levintha], 1VLD., Durham, N. C., 1957~ Duke U n i v e r s i t y Press. ]?rice $4.25.

T h e C o m p l e a t P e d i a t r i c i a n , ed. 7.

The simple fact t h a t The Comp~eat .Pediatrician has gone through six previous r e visions since its first appearance and sold over 45,900 copies is sufficient testimony of the value in which it is held by the practitioner. The reasons for a new edition--the last was in ]949--are well stated by the author: (1) an enormous amount of additional pediatric information has accumulated during the past eight years; and (2) many of the "pediatric facts" collected in this book since 1919 are not disproved so reams of obsolete material have been deleted. I t is not necessary today to detail the scope, use~ and place of The Comp~eat Pediatrician. I t is not a textbook but a collection of thousands of pediatric facts arranged for ready reference. Dr. Davison has been joined by his daughter~ Dr. Levlnthal, also a pediatrician, i~ the preparation of the seventh edition. We can only repeat from a previous review in the 30URNAn~ " A veritable mine of information." Dorland's I l l u s t r a t e d Medical Dictionary, ed. 23. Philadelphia, 1957, W. B. Saunders Co, 1,598 pages. Price $12.50o A book first published in 1950, which over the years has gone through twentythree revisions, needs no discussion of its



value. The last revision was in 1951, and Dr. Dorland died in 1956. The new edition has an Editorial Board consisting of Drs. Leslie B. Arey, William Burrows, J. P. Greenhill, and Richard Hewitt. In the last six years many new words and terms have been introduced in medicine, and probably more in the last decade than in any similar previous period. Included in this edition is a table of Modern Drugs and Dosage compiled b y Dr. Austin Smith. In order to hold the volume down in size, certain changes have been made, such as eliminating the detailed description of specific techniques. I n the biographical field only the names of Nobel prize winners have been added. An excellent type f o n t makes the dictionary easy to use.

A t l a s of Clinical Endocrinology. H. Lisser, M.D., and Roberto F. Eseamillo, M.D., St. Louis, 1957, The C. V. Mosby Co., 476 pages (148 plates, 3 in color). Price $18.75.

A beautifully illustrated atlas by two well-known endocrinologists from the dep a r t m e n t of medicine of the U~iversity of California Medical School in San Francisco. While the authors have not a t t e m p t e d a textbook on endocrinology, a b r i e f summary of each of the sixty-three different endocrine disorders is included. The 148 plates are made up of from four to fifteen illustrations. The material is almost entirely from the records of p a t i e n t s studied at their clinic in San Francisco. The photographs are unusually good and the reproductions clear. As so many of the endocrine disorders make their appearance in infancy and childhood, the subject is one of great interest to the pediatrician. The atlas should be of help to the practitioner in reaching a correct diagnosis and instituting treatment.

D i a b e t e s Mellitus. W i t h E m p h a s i s on Children and Y o u n g Adults. T. S. Danowski, M.D., Baltimore, 1957, Williams & Wilkins Co., 510 pages. Price $13.50.

An up-to-date text on the general subject of diabetes mellitus, with emphasis on children and young adults. P a r t one concerns biochemical and h o r m o n a l aspects; p a r t two, manifestations, diagnosis, and therapy; and p a r t three, developmental aspects and complications. The book should be of considerable value to the teacher and medical student because of the systematic way in which material is presented. The many references should make it valuable also to one conducting research in the field. A. F. H. A g e i n g in Transient Tissues. Ciba Foundation Colloquia on Ageing, vol. 2. Edited by G. E. W. Wolstenholme and Elaine C. P. lVfillar~ Boston, 1956, Little, Brown and Co., 263 pages. Price, $6.75.

This volume includes the papers presented at the second Colloquia on Ageing under the auspicles of the Ciba Foundation, July, 1955. The first was held in 1954. The theme of the second symposium was the ageing o:~ tissues whose normal life was shorter than t h a t of the organism as a whole. The papers in the report with the discussions largely involve changes in ovarian and placental tissues and human red blood cells. E . C . Amoroso of the Royal Veterinary College of London presided. Stuttering, ed. 2. Eugene 1~. Hahn, Stanford, Calif., 1956, S t a n f o r d U n i v e r s i t y Press, 180 pages. Price $4.00.

The first edition in 1943 went through three printings, the last in 1950. Dr. H a h n died in 1944, and the second edition has been prepared by Elsie S. Hahn. The text presents the various theories or opinions on the causes of s t u t t e r i n g as held by twenty-three different authorities. I t is a technical book for workers in the field rather than a text for the stutterer.