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October 1971

Differential Diagnosis: The Interpretation of Clinical Evidence.

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Tuscon, Ariz

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(4):643-644. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310220151031

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This is a very large book which tries to encompass a very large subject with moderate success. I am not sure what I expected to find when I read it, but I was left with an ill defined sense of disappointment.

This text could be conveniently divided into three separate publications. The first would be a short paper introducing the work: a lucid exposition of the basic principles and elements of differential diagnosis. However, this information is available elsewhere in greater detail and in at least as good form.

The second publication would be a textbook containing descriptions of disease entities. This has been done better, with more detail and better organization, in standard texts, although the large "Tables of Differential Diagnosis" are among the best I have seen anywhere.

The third text would be a compilation of illustrative case records, most of them previously published, which demonstrate the thought

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