August 21, 1987

Everyday Doctoring: A New Approach to the Logic and Reasoning of Neurology and Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock


by Sheldon Margulies, 576 pp, with illus, $15, Baltimore, Panda Publishing (805 S Sharp St, 21230), 1987.

JAMA. 1987;258(7):971. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400070109048

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Reexamination of the medical school curriculum during the last two decades has underscored the need for students to be able to generate broad-based hypotheses in the initial approach to a patient. As such, medical educators now seek to direct the curriculum away from the memorization of detailed information and instead offer instruction that will equip the student to narrow diagnostic options and to seek more detailed information from a variety of informational sources. By acquiring history and physical skills that enable such hypothesis testing, new physicians can limit their dependence on technology and expedite a patient's diagnostic travels.

Everyday Doctoring by Margulies is an unorthodox textbook offered by a small publisher. The author seeks to offer students a manual detailing techniques of a directed physical examination, particularly in the neurological sciences. The book makes use of extensive photographs, drawings, and innovative typographical techniques to simulate more of a conversational approach