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April 1933

The Differential Diagnosis of Endocrine Disorders.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(4):931. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240100250023

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This charmingly written monograph is a survey of the data obtained from a lengthy and inclusive examination of about five thousand patients over a period of twenty years. The author (who is a doctor of philosophy, not of medicine) has devised a routine of "vital function" tests which with clinical examinations by his colleagues can be concluded in a week's hospitalization in most cases. At the end of this period, he examines the data thus secured and makes a diagnosis. The present publication is an attempt to summarize the diagnostic significance of individual examinations or groups of examinations.

The data are concisely given, much of them in tabular form. There are no case reports, and the methods of arriving at often far-reaching results are rather briefly stated. For more detailed correlation, the reader is referred to previous articles by the author and his colleagues, but he may find himself still