Medicine: Doctor's Little Helpers

Once Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes found a patient reading up on his disease. "Look out!" warned the doctor, "or you'll die of a misprint some day." Last week, to replace old-fashioned medical "encyclopedias," a group of eminent physicians, headed by Stomach Specialist Walter Clement Alvarez of the Mayo Clinic, published a series of little books (Help Your Doctor to Help You; Harper; 95¢) on five diseases (twelve more are coming). The books, which were displayed for the first time at the College of Physicians meeting in Boston, are for popular consumption, are supposed to contain no medical misprints. They will...

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