Excerpt from A Handbook of Practical Treatment by Many Writers, Vol. 1
While due consideration has been given to these major matters, a chapter has been devoted to slight ailments and symptomatic dis orders, which Often command much of the general practitioner's time and consume his patience. This chapter was conceived with a full consciousness Of its bearings and importance; and it was undertaken and prepared with a due regard of the exigencies of such cases and of the disastrous results that too often attend not making or not at tempting an accurate and complete diagnosis. We venture to believe, therefore, that it will commend itself to the large body of physicians engaged in general practice.
In general, an effort has been made not to overburden the several discussions by citing a multiplicity of methods of treatment and pre senting to the reader the embarrassment of choice; only those methods of treatment have been described which the several authors, relying largely upon their own experience, believe to merit the confidence of the profession, as being the best, most efficacious, and most modern. An effort has also been made to avoid or minimize duplication of subject matter and discussion; but some duplication was inevitable. This, perhaps to some extent a defect, possesses the counterbalancing merit of affording the reader the benefit of the opinions and experiences Of more than one writer, which seems to be especially valuable in relation to controversial matters and borderland - medico - surgical - subjects.
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