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September 2, 1939

Pediatric Symptomatology and Differential Diagnosis

JAMA. 1939;113(10):967. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350077029

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It was inevitable that sooner or later some one would write a book on the differential diagnosis of children's diseases. The author has done this by emphasizing the symptomatology and diagnostic features of the various conditions. No attempt was made to discuss the etiology, pathology and therapy. Each subject has a general plan of discussion, beginning with the definition, terminology and enumeration of the principal features of the disease, followed by a description of the symptoms, and concluding with a detailed differential diagnosis which differentiates the condition from conditions with which it is likely to be confused. The book is complete. In fact the repetition that is necessary in the differential diagnoses could possibly have been omitted, but it does not detract from the value of the book as a reference guide. The sections on the exanthems and acute infectious diseases are decidedly helpful. The book should be of aid

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