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November 30, 1935

The Evaluation of Symptoms: Offered After Fifty Years in Medicine

JAMA. 1935;105(22):1800. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760480070038

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This is a small book but it contains a tremendous amount of information. No one but a man of great experience could have attempted to gather together symptoms in the manner in which Dr. Osborne has done. One might anticipate that such a condensed array might be uninteresting reading, but this is not the case. This book certainly presents to the practitioner the importance of the symptomatology of disease. "It is the treatment of symptoms that gives success to many physicians who do not even attempt to make a diagnosis." Dr. Osborne, of course, believes in making a diagnosis but wisely places an analysis of symptoms in the first order of importance. The book should be a valuable addition to the library of physicians as well as fourth year medical students.

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