Physicians are well aware that the public is obtaining its medical information from an increasing variety of sources. Among the more durable of these sources are the so-called year-books, of which this is one of the latest.
Some 60 physicians and other medical scientists were consulted in the preparation of this third edition. It contains 12 major features, including discussions of some of the leukemias, of efforts to develop efficacious and safe drugs, and of the challenges in coping with some infectious diseases.
Other sections review such developments as Legionnaires' disease, injuries associated with jogging, and even the influence of television on Americans' health consciousness, or offer information and self-quiz questions on contraception, nutrition, being a good patient, and other subjects. There are first-aid recommendations for 44 injuries or illnesses. The annual has more than 350 illustrations, 150 of which are in color.
Physicians may not agree completely with the