January 1915

A Text-Book of Medical Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

By James M. Anders, M.D., Ph.D., LL.D., and L. Napoleon Boston, A.M., M.D. Philadelphia and Boston: W. B. Saunders Company, 1914.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1915;XV(1):178-180. doi:10.1001/archinte.1915.00070190181016

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The "Text-Book of Medical Diagnosis" of Anders and Boston is one of the most faulty works on the subject that has ever come to the attention of the present reviewer. One can hardly open it anywhere without finding gross mistakes. The present reviewer has opened it twenty-six times at random, and finds the following twenty-six errors :

On page 101 it is stated that the sputum of bronchiectasis is usually "grayish or brown in color and mucopurulent in consistence." In fact, such sputum is rare in that disease. Pure pus is the rule.

On page 243 we are given, under the heading of "Laboratory Diagnosis of Pericarditis," a summary of the urinary changes seen in any fever, and therefore of no diagnostic value in pericarditis.

The picture on page 259, showing where a thrill was felt under the left clavicle a year after an attack of ulcerative endocarditis, is

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