Journal of the American Medical Association
So wide-spread is the present-day interest in tuberculosis, even among the laity, that a work such as this one, dealing with the subject from a practical point of view, with emphasis on the details of treatment and diagnosis, is certainly timely. That there has been an effort made to bring the book up to date is seen by the addenda to the articles of several of the writers, including summaries of some of the more important facts brought out at the recent International Congress on Tuberculosis
... s on Tuberculosis at Washington. The various articles are contributed by men eminently qualified by experience and special training to speak with authority in their special subjects. From such men as Lawrason Brown, Baldwin, Hektoen and Ravenel, not to mention others we expect only the best and are not disappointed. Hektoen's brief but clean-cut discussion of tubercle and morbid anatomy, and Brown's detailed account of specific treatment are especially worthy of comment. To Dr. Charles L. Minor of Asheville has fallen the task of hand¬ ling the important topic of symptomatology and diagnosis. His thorough familiarity with the practical aspects of pul¬ monary tuberculosis is clearly seen, and his contribution, cov¬ ering nearly one-third of the text of the entire book, is val¬ uable. In fact, he and two others, Knopf and Brown, have written one-half of the book and have done their work well. It goes without sayin» that few are better qualified to discuss public measures in the prophylaxis of tuberculosis than Dr. Knopf. While these few are mentioned by name, it is not to be inferred that the other articles are not praiseworthy; most of them are. Brief but good discussions of surgical tubercu¬ losis are included in some seventy pages, the writers being McArthur of Chicago and Freeman of Denver. We wish we did not feel that the names of well-known men had been used for the purpose of adding prestige to the book and of increasing its sales to the unwary, who may imagine that they are buying a work containing valued contributions by these well-known men. Osier, Trudeau, Biggs and von Pirquet are attractive names on the publisher's advertisement, but he who buys because of the attractiveness of these names may be disappointed when he finds that Osier has written but eight pages of historical introduction, Trudeau two and a half pages introducing the subject of treatment, von Pirquet some seven hastily prepared pages on tuberculosis in children, and Biggs about five hundred words on prophylaxis. All that these men say is, of course, to the point, but we feel just a wee bit of resentment at what seems to smack a little of publishing trade sharpness. A very commendable feature is the appendix containing an article by Dr. Mary Lincoln on the tuberculin opsonic index, and leaflets of instruction to teachers (Goodall) and mothers (Kress). Knopf's instructions to physicians and his illustra¬ tions of devices for the prevention of tuberculosis are of extreme value. A bibliography has been compiled containing some 3000 selected titles. The book as a whole is reliable, written in a scientific spirit by well-qualified men, and is well adapted to trie prac¬ titioner. The Thirteenth, Greatest of Centuries.