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November 13, 1948

The Differential Diagnosis of Jaundice

JAMA. 1948;138(11):855. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900110065029

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In this book, a discussion of the characteristics and classification of jaundice is followed by a presentation of the different diseases in which icterus occurs. Finally, an analysis is given of the clinical and laboratory aids helpful in the differential diagnosis of jaundice and also a detailed practical description for the performance of the commonly used hepatic tests. The latter includes a well illustrated and complete treatise on liver biopsy, one of the first in this country. The organization of the material is clear, and desired information is quickly found. The literature available at the time of the appearance of the book is thoroughly reviewed; nevertheless, the book makes for easy and interesting reading. In treating a subject such as the pathogenesis and diagnosis of jaundice, it cannot be avoided that some of the opinions given will be refuted by more recent experiences. The book clearly shows the great clinical

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