Medicine: The Sick and the Heartsick

Out last week was an unusual medical book, Nervousness, Indigestion and Pain (Hoeber; $5), an authoritative treatise which Dr. Walter C. Alvarez directs toward young physicians, but which will be as eagerly read by laymen as by doctors. Its 471 pages include some of the ideas the famed gastroenterologist summarized in his recent hints to busy doctors in the Journal of the A.M.A. (TIME, Aug. 16)—and many more. All are calculated to help doctors make accurate diagnoses and limit treatment to what will actually help. Emphasis is on ways of knowing when a...

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