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March 2, 1935

Lehrbuch der Differentialdiagnose innerer Krankheiten

JAMA. 1935;104(9):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760090079037

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This volume, which has established itself as a classic, constitutes one of the best works on differential diagnosis of internal diseases in any language. The book, originally written by Matthes, has been completely revised by Curschmann, who has omitted obsolete and added new material. The discussion is so thorough and complete, including symptomatology in addition to the differential diagnosis in the strict sense of the word, that the book can be considered a real cyclopedia in this field. It is written in a fluent style and the text generously illustrated with numerous temperature charts, schematic drawings, and excellent reproductions of roentgenograms and electrocardiograms. Bibliographic references are confined chiefly to the German literature. The symptoms under discussion are specified in the margin, thus facilitating a rapid survey of the subject. Several omissions have been noticed: tularemia, undulant fever, and the occurrence of a postprandial attack as characteristic for acute pancreatic necrosis.

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