October 1975

Differential Diagnosis,

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by Eric R. Beck, John L. Francis, and Robert L. Souhami, 220 pp, The Pitman Press, 1974.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(10):1409. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330100135030

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When you were a medical student, did you ever wish for a personal tutor who could help you analyze common medical problems and give you a lucid, physiologic explanation of symptoms, a practical list of differential diagnoses, and the reasons for eliminating certain possibilities from this list? Well, such is the approach taken in this book. Thirty-two common clinical symptoms, syndromes, or findings are presented with a limited but practical discussion of the possible diagnostic possibilities, with pathophysiologic explanations of signs and symptoms, and with some mention of diagnostic tests; even therapy is touched on. Following this, a clinical problem is presented with a lengthy discussion of how to reach a tentative diagnosis reminiscent of a clinicopathologic conference.

Throughout, this book "sounds" like an expert clinician lecturing and guiding his students. The clinical problems are well-thought-out, enjoyable, and challenging even to a graduate physician. The discussions that follow are

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