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The purpose of this concise volume on acute sore throat is expressed by the author in his introduction. It is his intention to show, first, that it is possible by a purely clinical examination to establish enough of a diagnosis to determine whether the case demands antidiphtheria serum and, secondly, to make revision in the description and clinical classification of sore throats. As he states, the accurate and immediate clinical differentiation is of the greatest importance to the welfare of the patient. It has been the author's experience in diphtheria that when the clinical and bacteriologic diagnosis are based on exact observation there is little discord. There are exceptions in which either a clinical or a bacteriologic examination may be in error, but usually a clinical examination will afford sufficient basis for the diagnosis and, if the case is one of diphtheria, many valuable hours may be saved. For convenience
Le diagnostic des angines aigués. JAMA. 1931;96(7):553. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720330073037
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