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March 12, 1955

Klinische Fehldiagnosen

JAMA. 1955;157(11):976. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280100047

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This book is primarily a collection of 209 case histories in which the initial diagnosis is contrasted with the verdict of the autopsy or other definitive findings. The histories are presented with admirable clarity, especially as regards the results of blood cell counts and sternal punctures. There are excellent roentgenograms, some good illustrations in color, tabular information for help in differential diagnosis, and additional instructive comment in the text. The style is not too difficult. The book has both subject and author indexes. To find one flaw in 550 pages of exceptionally careful book-making seems ungrateful, but since cobalt and carbon monoxide are both poisons, it may be well to note that on page 483 Co should read CO. This error occurs in a section on occupational diseases that is otherwise uncommonly good. If the reader forms the habit of covering up the correct diagnosis until he has read the

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