A Short History of some Common Diseases


SOMEONE has said that to know the history of a subject is already to know more than the half of that subject, or words to that effect. Mr. W. R. Bett, formerly honorary secretary of the Section of the History of Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine, has saved all future inquirers into the development of knowledge regarding common diseases a great deal of labour by editing the volume just published. Each chapter is written by a different author, some one specially qualified to write on the subject assigned to him, as the following list of contents will show:-Acute infectious diseases by Sir John Broadbent, Bt.; tuberculosis by Prof. John Eraser; venereal diseases by Sir D'Arcy Power; pneumonia by E. M. Brockbank; rheumatism by F. J. Poynton; rickets by Leonard Eindlay; endocrine disorders by Sir H. Rolleston, Bt.; Bright's disease by Prof. J. A. Nixon; heart disease by Robert O. Moon; epilepsy by James Collier; arthritis by John D. Comrie; gall-stones by Prof. D. P. D. Wilkie; tonsils and adenoids by Lionel Colledge; malignant disease by Harold Burrows; and malingering by Sir John Collie.

A Short History of some Common Diseases.

By divers Authors. Edited by W. R. Bett. (Oxford Medical Publications.) Pp. vii + 211. (London: Oxford University Press, 1934.) 10s. 6d. net.

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