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June 1968

French's Index of Differential Diagnosis.

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Kansas City, Mo


Edited by Arthur H. Douthwaite, MD. FRCP. Price, $24. Pp 1,034, with 812 (235 in color) illustrations. The Williams & Wilkins Co., 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(6):572-573. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640060086019

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Long before the computer came on the scene, this text was rendering yeoman service as a valuable aid to the physician perplexed by a difficult diagnostic problem.

Now, with the appearance of a comprehensively revised ninth edition, incorporating a "computerized index," I welcome the opportunity to review this highly respected publication, an earlier edition of which I first acquired some 25 years ago. It has taken me several months to complete my review, during which time I tested the book in a variety of clinical situations and revised as well as reviewed certain aspects of my basic fund of knowledge in physical diagnosis acquired during my undergraduate days and enlarged upon subsequently.

The British physician seems to have a strong background of training in physical diagnosis. This volume emphatically attests to this fact and adds to the stature of the British as superior diagnosticians whose acumen seems to spring from

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