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in so highly competitive a department of medical literature as histology. The survival of the fittest is as true of books a3 of animals, and conversely the proof of fitness is survival. The reasons for the favor merited by Professor Schäfer's Essentials of Histology are evident. It gives a well arranged course covering the minute structure of every human tissue, and it does this in such clear language and with such a wealth of effective engravings that the difficulties of both student and teacher are minimized. It is perhaps the most richly illustrated book in the field. A feature of special value new in this edition is the abundant use of colors. This thin volume is really a fairly large and full text-book, for it contains 500 pages, but it is printed on exceptionally fine paper for portability. It is an authoritative and favorite text-book, again revised to the latest date, and attractively presented in every detail.

A TREATISE ON THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.—For Practitioners

and Students. By Arthur R. Edwards, M. D., Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine and Clinical Medicine in the Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago. Octavo, 1328 pages, with 101 engravings and 19 plates. Cloth, $5.50, net; leather, $6.50, net. Lea Brothers & Co., Philadelphia and New York, 1907.

A new work in so broad and well tilled a field as the literature of practice may be expected to present its credentials. In the case of Professor Edwards' book they are of such character as to form presumptive evidence of its value and to give it immediate prestige. The author has for years occupied one of the most important chairs in the country, and his skill in filling it is manifested by his steadily large classes. Teaching is excellent training for the teacher himself. It enforces two essential points, perspective and clearness. Without either a large subject is befogged. The successful teacher must know how to present a picture to the mind with due emphasis on what is important, and with every item in its relative position and coloring, all being in clear and definite language. He must know his subject and speak with authority. Possessing these qualifications he will write a well-balanced book and save time and energy for teacher, student and practitioner alike. This our author has accomplished for all classes of readers. His book is well rounded, covering theory as leading up to and explaining facts, and never forgetting that the aim of medicine is application. Hence the practitioner will find guidance in understanding his cases and unusually full advice in their treatment, including abundant prescriptions accepted as best at the present day.

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