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July 27, 1994

Differential Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Ga

JAMA. 1994;272(4):318. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520040080047

In ways, this book could be compared to a fourth-generation scion of an old Baltimore family. His name and general philosophy may be the same, but he barely resembles his ancestors in appearance, he is bigger, he has been influenced by more people, and he requires more money. Those familiar with the 1959, 1970, and 1979 editions of Differential Diagnosis: The Interpretation of Clinical Evidence by Harvey and Bordley (and Barondess in the third edition) will appreciate the metaphor.

Although the name and format are inherited from those three editions, this is a completely rewritten new book and in many respects a better one. Compared with the 1979 edition, it is bigger (from 738 pages to 993), was written by more people (from three authors to 25 contributors), and requires more money (from $28.50 to $75). The Hopkins connection remains; 11 contributors (including all three editors) either are or were

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