Book Reviews
March 1942

Symptoms in Diagnosis.

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By Jonathan Campbell Meakins, M. D. Price, Pp. 296, with 62 illustrations. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1941.

Am J Dis Child. 1942;63(3):633. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010030203019

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This book should be of value to the student, teacher and practitioner alike, for it is both refreshing and stimulating. In recent years, it is one of the few books that has been written largely on the interpretation of those symptoms that can be determined from careful observation and inspection of the patient. Dr. Meakins has presented his material in a concise and understandable way. In the preface he states: "This is not a text which alone will lead any student or practitioner to an immediate diagnosis; it is hoped, rather, that it will act as a stimulus to analyse what symptoms the patient presents, whether in an acute or chronic disease. Through nigh on forty years of intensive study of disease at the bedside, I have gone through the whole gamut of diagnostic criteria. I early found that a patient's symptoms were really of more importance in beginning the

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