Bed-Side Medicine

By Akhil Ranjan Majumbar, M.B. 4th edition. Illustrated. The Book Co. Ltd., 4/4A College Square, Calcutta

Karl R. Lundeberg
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This is a handbook of medical diagnosis and treatment written from the tropical point of view and intended primarily for the native Indian medical practitioners and students. The author is a physician in the Bengal Medical Service and Examiner in Medicine at the University of Calcutta. As the author states in the preface “it is a pioneer effort to build up a complete textbook for the Indian medical practice, weaving together the clinical facts special to India with those in common with other parts of the world.” It contains about 940 pages and is about the size of Tidy's well known handbook of medicine. Indeed it might be considered the Indian counterpart of Tidy and its usefulness and popularity are attested by the fact that it has gone through four editions since first published in 1928.

The arrangement of the subject matter is somewhat unusual as the author adheres strictly to organ systems, or physical signs, in classifying disease.