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January 1968

Rare Diseases in Internal Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(1):104-105. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640010106021

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The publication of a book on rare diseases naturally excites people who are interested in rare diseases. Thus it was with enthusiasm that I turned to this book entitled Rare Diseases in Internal Medicine. What I found was a personal selection of summaries or brief abstracts from articles published in the last few years in six well-known American journals. Four dealt with internal medicine. JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine were more general. The structure of the book is simply to put the summary and conclusions in the form of a brief abstract after number, title, authors, and reference are given. The last 15 or so years are covered. The conclusions of the author are stated without any hedging, which places enormous importance on the system of selection. There is little system. Inclusion certainly was not related to rarity though many of the diseases or complications of a

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