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October 19, 1940

Practical Bedside Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1940;115(16):1397-1398. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810420083038

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To understand this book and appreciate its value, one should first carefully read the preface. The title suggests a regular textbook of medicine, but going into its pages with usual expectations the reviewer was disappointed in their inadequacy and was somewhat dismayed at what has been given space in a well printed and well arranged volume of convenient size. It is mainly a good discourse on differential diagnosis by an able diagnostician who lists the things one must think about before closing the case. To be "practical" as the title demands ("brief" might have been better), diseases are described in contrasting symptomatology, as the author has accumulated his enormous experience. Symptoms are retailed as they "may" occur rather than what did occur in the experience of others. The repetition of this "may be present" is monotonous (twenty-five times or more on a single page) and certainly not so satisfying as

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