Recent Literature The Open-Air Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis . By F. W. Burton-Fanning, M.D. Cantab. Illustrated. London, Paris, New York and Melbourne: Cassell & Co., Ltd. Chicago: W. T. Keener & Co. 1905

1905 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
A second edition of this book on the Practice of Medicine differs in no essential respect from the first. We have nothing to add to our review of the first edition, which found in the work much to commend. Certain changes and additions have been made to keep pace with recent investigations. This, however, has not increased the size of the book. A System of Physiologic Therapeutics, a Practical the editor, Dr. Cohen, have contributed to this volume. Like its predecessors, it is conservative in
more » ... s conservative in its treatment of the many mooted points dis-cussed, but generous in its treatment of many therapeutic methods which are in the stage of experiment and trial. A most valuable therapeutic index-digest concludes the volume with the ordinary index. This digest should be of verygreat value for quick reference, suggesting, as it does, in the briefest possible space, many important therapeutic facts. We have seen no reason whatever to change our first expressed opinion that this series of books on what is coming to be one of the most important aspects of therapeutics would be acceptable to the profession and would fill a very definite need. This we repeat at the close of the series. The painstaking work of the editor, the difficulty of collating so large an amount of material, and the promptness with which the successive volumes have appeared, all call for sincere commendation. The system will undoubtedly take its place as one of the most significant contributions to medical literature published in this country for many years. The Open-Air Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis. In a compass of one hundred and seventy-two pages of text Dr. Burton-Fanning discusses the open-air treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. His aim is to describe the simplest methods of treatment which are efficacious rather than the more complex; to insist upon the predominant value of fresh air in the treatment, and to urge that money be expended toward helping the consumptive after his discharge from the sanatorium rather than in building elaborate structures for his treatment. The book discusses the essential points evidently in a most practical fashion. Much that it contains is not new, but it serves again to emphasize the importance of the disease and the simple, rational methods of its treatment. Too much repetition of these points is not possible. The book is of small size, bound in flexible covers, well printed and sufficiently illustrated. Saunders' Pocket Medical Formulary. By William M. Powell, M.D. Seventh edition, thoroughly revised and enlarged. Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders & Co. 1905. This little book is familiar and useful as indicating therapeutic measures which have stood the test of experience. Naturally, revision for each new edition is necessary in view of our changing attitude toward drugs and their uses. Many of the prescriptions given, we imagine, are rarely used. The modern method is so far toward simplicity that the prescription containing many ingredients is finding smaller and smaller place in our therapeutics. This small formulary, however, has established its right to recognition and contains in addition to prescriptions many useful facts and suggestions. It is attractively bound in flexible leather and does much credit in this respect and in its printing to the publishers.
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