October 1985

Common Symptoms of Disease in Children

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1175 Morris Park Ave Bronx, NY 10461


ed 8, by R. S. Illingworth, 378 pp, Oxford, England, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1984.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(10):975. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140120021019

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Probably every medical student who is beginning his clinical training has participated with his fellow students in the exercise of naming a symptom and attempting to recall every condition with which it may be associated. Indeed, this intellectual practice is an important component of teaching rounds for trainees at all levels and, ultimately, remains one of the major cognitive skills that a practicing physician brings to the assessment of his patients.

In spite of that, it is unusual to find in book form a complete compilation of symptoms and their causes, such as Professor Illingworth first produced in 1967 and now offers us in its eighth edition. In many ways a tour de force that displays one clinician's impressive range of knowledge, this is also a very human book, which is full of personal comments and opinions, occasional inexplicable omissions, and, for the American reader, reminders of the enduring transAtlantic

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