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Book and Media Reviews
April 11, 2012

Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York (kristinrobie@earthlink.net).

JAMA. 2012;307(14):1533-1534. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.437

This is the fifth edition of Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care by the prolific R. Douglas Collins, former associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Florida School of Medicine.

Collins' knowledge is vast, reflecting his years of experience as a teacher and writer (his first books appeared in 1964). In this book, he emphasizes basic anatomy and physiology to ground students in the physical examination. He insists on mental discipline in generating a differential diagnosis. The figures and questions in the book emphasize the need for basic knowledge on which to base accurate diagnoses. His audience is readers who are or will be involved with office-based primary care—students, residents, and practicing physicians. He includes some pediatric and adolescent conditions but covers only a minimum of geriatric syndromes.