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May 19, 1956

Surgical Diagnosis

JAMA. 1956;161(3):296. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970030114052

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While there seems to be no end to the list of books being published today for various aspects of medical practice, there is always room for the complete reference book and for the practical treatise that offers points of everyday interest. This is a practical book and within 300 pages gives a wealth of helpful guiding hints for the surgical diagnosis of problems in the various systems of the body. The author has had a four-point approach in assembling the material, as a result of which the student and practitioner will be led easily from diagnosis to diagnosis and with little risk of becoming lost because of the introduction of extraneous material. The author uses these requisites in his investigation of a medical problem: a well-taken history, a careful evaluation of the present symptom complex, a properly conducted physical examination, and consideration of pertinent laboratory data. As a result of

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