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The value of "how-to-do-it" manuals varies directly with their content of "why-you-do-it." By this standard, Hoeber's new subscription series, considered altogether, gets a passing grade. The contributors are well-known authorities, which at once insures the quality of contributions from most of them but also explains why a few of these authorities, probably excessively burdened with heavy demands for commitments to lecture and to write, have turned in pale and thin pieces.
The content of "why-you-do-it" is what raises the value of this series above the all-too-often unjustified advice in a therapeutic handbook like Current Therapy. This province of hungrily sought,
Modern Treatment. Vol. 1, No. 1, Treatment of Renal Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;61:993. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-5-993_1
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