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February 24, 1951

Differential Diagnosis of Internal Diseases: Clinical Analysis and Synthesis of Symptoms and Signs

JAMA. 1951;145(8):602-603. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920260070028

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This book gives a learned and comprehensive presentation of a great number of medical diseases. The author's contributions in the fields of constitutional disease and endocrinology and his teaching ability are well known. According to the publisher's note, Dr. Bauer's approach to the subject is original and is characterized by personal color and flavor, which is indeed true. The book does not describe quick ways of differentiating one disease from another, not even in the chapter summaries. The stated aim of the book is not to encourage memorizing by means of schematic tables but to train and stimulate medical thinking and judgment. It is admitted that there is some repetitious discussion and that the references cited at the end of each chapter were not selected impartially. The book is divided into two parts: (1) leading symptoms and (2) leading signs. Under symptoms there are discussions of broad subjects, such as

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