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December 1962

Differentialdiagnose innerer Krankheiten: Eine kuragefasste Darstellung für Arzte und Studierende

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By Prof. Dr. R. Hegglin. Price, $18.95. Pp., not given. Georg Thieme Verlag, Herdweg 63, (14a) Stuttgart N (American zone), 1960.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):930-931. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240112038

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This exceptional book has undergone 7 revisions in 8 years and can aid not only the student but also the practicing physician. The author says that the purpose of the book is to analyze the most important symptoms and indicates that the clinical history determines the specific direction into which all subsequent investigations must lead. He has observed that the greater the experience of the diagnostician, the greater is the amount that he can derive from the patient's description of the origin and development of complaints (anamnese). This book provides a substitute, at least in large part, for a wealthy clinical experience. The author goes through the logical reasoning process appropriate for use at the bedside of a patient with most of the symptoms which confront the diagnostician. His concepts achieve a nice balance between the ordinary illnesses which are most likely to be responsible for the symptoms and the

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