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April 2, 1910

Diagnostic Therapeutics. A Guide for Practitioners in Diagnosis by Aid of Drugs and Methods other than Drug-Giving.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(14):1164. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550400050028

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In this work the author enters what is to a large extent a new field. The attempt is made to show the use of drugs and other remedial measures in determining the diagnosis of disease. Although desirous of limiting himself exclusively to diagnostic pharmacotherapy, it was necessary to add other therapeutic procedures in order to maintain the continuity of the subject. The result of this seems to be a lack of due proportion and emphasis. In the abundance of therapeutic suggestions which flow from the author's reading and experience, it is hard to differentiate those that are of diagnostic value. Some of the statements, we feel sure, have been made without due qualification and without a full appreciation of their real significance; for instance: "Hemorrhages in typhoid fever and phthisis are really due to a plethora, and may be averted, if recurrent, by venesection," page 416. We hope that none

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