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September 3, 1955

Bedside Diagnosis

JAMA. 1955;159(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960180093040

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The author has attempted to treat the problem of diagnosis in internal medicine from a standpoint of interpreting the significant symptoms. This is a refreshing approach and one that should receive more emphasis in our medical schools. Rather than listing the more important diseases and then enumerating the prominent symptoms, the author bases his book around 20 of the most common and significant complaints of the patients. He devotes a chapter to each symptom and discusses, in turn, the pathological physiology, a suggested diagnostic approach, and then the various diseases or disturbances of function that will produce the symptom. He does not neglect the fact that many of these symptoms may at times be of a psychosomatic nature and devotes an additional chapter to this aspect. The discussions are brief and to the point, and the edition is printed in a convenient pocket size. It should be of use not

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