February 1966

Bedside Diagnosis.

Author Affiliations

By Charles Seward, MD, FRCP (Edin), with a chapter by Mark Ridlgey, BA, MD, B Chir, MC Path, and a foreword by Rt. Hon. Lord Cohen of Birkenhead, MD, DSc, ScD. Price, $4.90. Pp 568, with no illustrations. Exclusive United States agents: Williams & Wilkins Co., 428 E Preston St, Baltimore, Md 21202, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(2):315-316. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870080159039

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In his foreword Dr. Cohen specifically refers to the use of this handbook by students. Some book reviewers give a medical text the kiss of death by earnestly recommending it to medical students, interns, and general practitioners. The general practitioner who goes away for study every year, who works up his diagnostic problems and talks them over with consultants, who studies his books and medical journals, who has the opportunity to follow up patients over a period of years and thereby learns that even the great in medicine can err, skips such a recommendation. This small volume is the seventh English edition, not to mention the Spanish, Portuguese, and Greek editions.

The author is to be congratulated on presenting first, a series of chapters devoted to pain: general considerations, head pain, thoracic pain, epigastric pain, umbilical pain, hypogastric pain, and lateral abdominal pain. Then follow the chapters discussing other common

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